On 23/11/2018 01:29, Michael wrote:
On 2018-11-22, at 2:49 PM, Philip Oakley <philipoak...@iee.org> wrote:

if it is just URL replacement then consider a smudge/clean filter so that the 
worktree (local checked out files) have the URLs you want, but when you 
checkin/add/commit the URLs are replaced (changed back to) the URLs the 
upstream wants.

I guess it is a simple sed invocation, with reverse in the other direction.
And if I'm talking about serving something out of github in the first place? 
... Between github.io which serves github, gh-pages branch, or jsdelvr, which 
will serve any github _ref_ but caches it for a week (makes it impossible to do 
testing or changes)?

I guess this is the problem. It needs to be in github to be usable, it needs to be on 
gh-pages for github.io to serve as current, which in turn means that "gh-pages" 
is a moving branch that gets reset between testing and deployment

It would appear that it is that distinction between the testing environment and the deployment environment that needs to be made clear.  They are (should be?) distinct, independent parts, even if they of on top of the same host infrastructure. Is the testing 'private' [does it need to be secure?]

It is the making of the 'Chinese Walls' between the two that will clarify the separation of concerns. You need two sets of 'gh-pages' one is the deployed [public access] version, and one is the test version [seen by you] [plus the security question..]. If you can only test by placing the test code onto part of Github, then you'll need a distinct place for that (e.g. your https://github.com/keybounce/AutoTrimps).

you may need an additional 'deploy' branch that has the sed conversion applied to it if you cannot test locally. In that way you have moved the smudge/clean filter from being in the repo<->worktree checkout step to being between the test & deploy branches. The deploy branch can then be PR'd to the upstream.

It is likely that you would want a special script that will take the last test branch commit and convert that to being a commit on top of the deploy branch (using the `git update-ref ` to 'move' the cleaned files onto the deploy branch.


, which in turn means if I want to publish I need to ... ??? Still working on that, lets 
call it "step 2" for now :-).

Meanwhile, there's still all the other issues about contributing pull requests when any branch will 
have both pullable and non-pullable changes, maintaining my own "current", and keeping a 
readable history. Git for Windows, as I understand it, does straight rebasing and losing all 
history of patches; there has (?) to be better? right? imerge's "rebase with history" -- 
did anything ever come from that?


On 22/11/2018 21:09, Michael wrote:
I think that I am using git incorrectly. What I want to do is way too hard.

I have forked someone's repository from GitHub.
I had to make some initial changes to URLs to be able to run my version.
I made changes that consist of code change, and a change log change.

First issue: I want to make a pull request for GitHub that has those code 
changes. I don't want to include the changed URLs, and I know that the change 
log change will not apply cleanly. How do I contribute my changes back to the 

Second issue: I have other changes after that first one. How do I contribute 
those changes as separate pull requests without having them contain the first 
change, or the changed URLs, etc.?

Third issue: I want to keep up to date with the parent. As it makes changes, I want to 
merge those changes in. I know this is what rebase is for, and I know that this is the 
issue that "Git for Windows" and others have to deal with, but either I'm doing 
it wrong, or it's a lot harder than it ought to be.

Fourth issue: I want to keep my history clean. A quick look at the "rerere" man 
page shows the issue -- showing a lot of merges from the origin back to me that later 
wind up being merged back into the origin results in a mess. By now this has to be a 
solved problem, right? If it got Linus to complain, then there's a solution, right?

Fifth issue: test deployment. Separate from my live branch (which others may be 
using), I want a test deployment. This would have a different set of URLs that 
I changed in the first step, as well as a different change log/welcome message 
to indicate that it is the test deployment. But it would basically be the same 
set of changes, that would be applied wherever it was needed. Except that the 
last time I moved this change, with a rebase -onto, I discovered that it was 
actually moved. What I think I want would be a way to reapply a set of changes 
at the tip of a branch head for test deployment, without deleting that set of 
changes -- ideally, so a single script could apply the same constant set of 

The problem with that fifth issue is that as far as I can tell there's no way 
to do that in Git, so clearly that's not what I want to do.

Help? I feel like this is where I move from being a beginner with Git to an 
intermediate with Git.

For reference:

My Fork: https://github.com/keybounce/AutoTrimps
Upstream: https://github.com/Zorn192/AutoTrimps

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