Am 10/2/2012 23:56, schrieb Angelo Borsotti:
> The problem I am trying to solve is to push to a remote server the
> source files only,
> while keeping in the local repo both sources and binaries. To do it, I
> keep an orphan
> branch, [...] 
> # this is the commit on the master branch
> git init
> echo "aaa" >f1
> git add f1
> git commit -m A
> # this is the piece of the script that builds the sources branch
> git checkout --orphan sources
> # git rm --cached ...   remove binaries, if any"
> git commit -m A --allow-empty
> git rev-list --all --pretty=oneline
> When there are binaries in the commit A, they are removed, and the
> tree for the second
> git commit is then different, and the commit is actually created.
> When there are no binaries (as in the script above, in which the
> removal is commented out),
> the second git commit would not create any new commit, and I would not
> have an orphan
> branch. Thence the --allow-empty to force it to create a new commit.
> Unfortunately, it creates a new commit only if the system clock
> changes the seconds of
> the system time between the two git commits.

But the existing-and-not-created-commit has exactly the content that you
wanted. What's the point in insisting that it is different from any other

-- Hannes
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