I am trying to understand git rebase.
I am completely confused by the manual page. It starts by saying that there has
to be a valid upstream or it aborts, yet none of the examples even describes
how upstream affects anything. That's my first point of confusion.
I don't understand the difference between "A...B", and just "A B" for
describing the changes from A to B ... are they equivalent, or what? (This
doesn't even begin to understand the two-dot syntax in the third paragraph when
the manual is explaining what it does, before it even gets into how to use it)
When the manual says,
That is exactly what interactive rebase is for: use it after plenty of "a"s and
"b"s, by rearranging and editing commits, and squashing multiple commits into
that is a perfect fit for what I want to do. I've generally done a good job of
keeping different work topics on different branches, but I have done lots of
little bug fixing.
Finally, the warnings about recovering from upstream rebasing ...
It looks like recovering from simple rebasing (the manual calls this the easy
case) requires unedited commits, yet the manual also says that interactive
rebase and editing commits is the intended usage ... help?
Here is what I think I want to do (please tell me if this makes sense, or if
there is a better way to do this).
1. I want to take a series of commits from a branch off master, at some point
in the past.
2. I want to rebase that sequence to the head of master.
3. I want to squash it down to a single edit, showing the changes made in that
4. And then, I want to commit that single change, in a way that makes it clear
to someone looking at the history that "This one commit represents the final
result of a tested branch" (#1) when that branch was a lot of edits, cleanups,
As a side case, right now #1 is all a single author, but in the future once I
learn how there may be someone else working on that branch as well (git is
distributed, right? Once I learn it well enough to actually collaborate with
someone else, then you can sick the "Colbert/Stewart police" on me ;=).
So ideally, the final commit should properly identify which author is
responsible for which section ("git blame"), even if it's a single commit (is
that even possible?)
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