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Subject: Re: [boost] [git] develop and master are two completely distinct branches
From: Dave Abrahams (dave_at_[hidden])
Date: 2013-12-07 15:50:12

Dave Abrahams <dave_at_[hidden]> writes:

> Thomas Heller <thom.heller_at_[hidden]> writes:
>> Am 06.12.2013 17:04 schrieb "Steven Watanabe" <watanabesj_at_[hidden]>:
>>> AMDG
>>> On 12/06/2013 08:06 AM, Thomas Heller wrote:
>>> > I just cloned modular boost and wanted to get phoenix back on track.
>>> > However, something very disturbing occured to me:
>>> > The develop and master branches in the git repos (for all repos) are
>>> > completely distinct from each other! How could this happen?
>>> > In the case of phoenix those have, unfortunately, completely diverged
>>> > from each other (content wise, commit wise, they have completely
>>> > distinct commits).
>>> > What's the best practice to do here? How to proceed?
>>> >
>>> In svn the branches are completely separate,
>>> and svn:mergeinfo indicates which commits have
>>> been merged from other branches.
>> I was hoping that the conversion script tracked and conserved this
>> information. In the current state is close to impossible to see where those
>> two branches might have diverged. Also, the history of the master branch of
>> most repositories is close to useless now.
> It could conserve it, but it couldn't represent it as merge history in
> Git. Git doesn't have a notion of "these commits were merged from that
> other branch," except in the same sense that it has a notion of files
> being moved or renamed: it can reconstruct that information after the
> fact.
> Unfortunately, it doesn't use that information for "git merge," AFAIK.
> I'm not sure why.
> There are several things you can do about this. One is to use the "git
> cherry" command to find commits that are not in common, but there's a
> more automatic way to get there, involving a rebase and a few other
> steps. Let me try an experiment with Phoenix and I'll post back here.

Actually I just tried the bog-standard "git merge" in both directions,
and aside from the fact that Phoenix contains some insanely long lines,
the conflicts look entirely tractable:

So I'm not sure what problem you're having.

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