On Tue, 2012-07-17 at 13:46 +0300, Orgad and Raizel Shaneh wrote:
> Make a commit on top of master.
> git rebase -i origin/master
> Remove the commit.
> Git prints "Nothing to do" and does not rebase.
> Running 'git rebase -i' when there are no local commits has 'noop' in
> the first line, and with it the rebase is successful. Why is this
> 'noop' mandatory?

If you read the instructions, the last line says

    # However, if you remove everything, the rebase will be aborted

so if you want to do a no-op, then you need to tell it. This is the same
way you abort a commit, by providing it with an empty message.

But more important would be /why/ you feel that rebase -i is the tool
you should be using. If you'd like to move the branch pointer back,
that's what the reset command is for. rebase deals with moving commits
from one base to another and optionally reordering, squashing or
removing some of them.


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