On Thu, May 30, 2013 at 09:32:07PM -0400, Paul Smith wrote:
> Hi all.
> I run across this problem quite a bit: I have a branch that I'm
> working on.  Unfortunately for me, in order to get my code tested
> and built by our build servers and infrastructure (which is a
> requirement before it can be code reviewed and merged, plus it
> builds my code on platforms I don't otherwise have easy access to) I
> have to push it to our main git repo, since that's the only place
> the build infrastructure can get it from.
> This means I have to publish my work-in-progress branches up to the
> git server, including all the false starts, backups, single-line
> "oops" fixes, etc.  Then if I merge my branch into the master
> branch, all that becomes part of the mainline of the code.
> If it's a small change which is really just one thing I can just use
> a squash merge into master.  But for larger changes what I'd like to
> do is clean it all up into a smaller set of well-formed commits and
> push those.  This sounds like a job for rebase -i.
> However, I've already pushed my branch to master.  I know rebasing
> stuff you've already pushed is considered a no-no in general, but I
> can't avoid it.  Does anyone have suggestions for how to make this
> work better?  Should I be rebasing to a brand new branch, then merge
> that to master?  Just rebase directly to master?  None of the above?
> Something else entirely?

In situations like this, where I'm forced to share work-in-progress I
choose to name my development branches in some distinct manner (e.g.
'devo.foo') and then I make sure everyone involved knows that those
branches are mine and they shouldn't be used by anyone else.  Then I
rebase/squash/etc to my hearts content until the branch is ready for
merging into origin/master.

Another thing though, I very rarely keep those work-in-progress
branches after they have been merged into master.


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