Subject: Re: [boost] [Git] Pull requests and rebasing
From: Gavin Lambert (gavinl_at_[hidden])
Date: 2015-04-22 19:29:45
On 23/04/2015 06:11, John Maddock wrote:
> On 16/04/2015 23:52, Gavin Lambert wrote:
>> "git pull --rebase" is for updating "feature" branches -- ie. it's
>> what the submitter of the PR would do on the PR branch itself to
>> incorporate changes made on the parent branch (eg. "develop") into the
>> PR branch, to make it easier to merge.
>> You should never ever run that command on your mainline branches
>> (master and develop).
> Indeed, and I've found a way to do what I want:
> 1) Create a temporary local branch off develop and switch to it.
> 2) Merge the PR using git pull --rebase: now the PR commit is somewhere
> in the commit history prior to your last commits.
> 3) Revert the tree to the last commit from the PR.
> 4) Merge from develop using rebase - now the commits will be swapped
> round so the PR ends up at the end of the commit log.
> 5) Test.
> 6) Merge temp branch into develop: you should now have a clean history
> in develop with the PR commits at the end.
> 7) Delete the temp branch.
Admittedly I mostly use TortoiseGit, so I'm a little unfamiliar with the
command-line, but that seems more complex than it needs to.
1. Create a local branch with a copy of the PR (assuming it's on GitHub):
git fetch origin pull/PR#/head:branchname
git checkout branchname
2. Do any initial testing that you want -- it should be in the same
state that the submitter left it.
3. "git rebase --interactive develop" to rebase the changes onto the
current develop branch (avoiding a merge commit).
4. Test the new result.
5. Merge the temporary branch into develop. (Optionally with --squash,
if you want to compress multiple commits into one -- but then you have
to remember to commit again afterwards.)
6. Delete the temporary branch.