From: "Philip Oakley" <>
From: "Michael" <>
I don't understand this last statement. Perhaps a graph showing the arrangement may help de-confuse which are 'off of' and which are 'on to'.

Sure; how to generate that graph?

I just use plain text, left to right, A B C for commits, - / \ for the links. oldest to the left, newest to the right, with the branch name at the end.

Use an editor with a fixed size font to make it all line up.

. A - B - C - D -- master
.     \       \
.      E - F - G -- dev

I've added a left hand dot to stop (hopefully) my mail client damaging the white spacing. :(

This shows the root at A.
E branched from B.
D was merged into G (but doesn't show which is first parent).

This is usually enough to show the general arrangement of the problem at hand.

You can also use 'git show-branch' etc with limiting of the number of commits to show to get a vertical flow, as long as the sequence isn't too deep, which may be reasonable in your case.
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