On Sun, Sep 8, 2013 at 8:23 PM, Felipe Contreras
> To prepare our uses for the upcoming changes we should warn them and let
> them know that they will need to specify a merge or a rebase in the
> future (when a non-fast-forward situation arises). Also, let them know
> we fallback to 'git pull --merge', so when the obsoletion of this mode
> comes, they know what to type without interrupting or changing their
> Signed-off-by: Felipe Contreras <felipe.contre...@gmail.com>
On top of this, we probably would want to update the documentation, so
the user can already read about what's going on when they type 'git
pull --help' as the warning suggests.
Author: Felipe Contreras <felipe.contre...@gmail.com>
Date: Sun Sep 8 20:40:21 2013 -0500
pull: add documentation about non-ff merges
Signed-off-by: Felipe Contreras <felipe.contre...@gmail.com>
diff --git a/Documentation/git-pull.txt b/Documentation/git-pull.txt
index 6d55737..d503924 100644
@@ -23,6 +23,7 @@ More precisely, 'git pull' runs 'git fetch' with the given
parameters and calls 'git merge' to merge the retrieved branch
heads into the current branch.
With `--rebase`, it runs 'git rebase' instead of 'git merge'.
+With `--merge`, it forces the merge, even if it's non-fast forward.
<repository> should be the name of a remote repository as
passed to linkgit:git-fetch. <refspec> can name an
@@ -41,9 +42,26 @@ Assume the following history exists and the current branch is
+ D---E master
+Then `git pull` will merge in a fast-foward way up to the new master.
+ D---E---A---B---C master, origin/master
+However, a non-fast-foward case looks very different.
+ A---B---C origin/master
+In the future, `git pull` will fail on these situations, however, most likely
+you would want to force a merge, which you can do with `git pull --merge`.
Then "`git pull`" will fetch and replay the changes from the remote
`master` branch since it diverged from the local `master` (i.e., `E`)
until its current commit (`C`) on top of `master` and record the
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