The BRANCH/--branch settings just fill in the "Branch" field on the review
On Tue, Aug 12, 2014 at 12:57 PM, Greg Burcher <gregburc...@gmail.com>
> We had BRANCH = "master" in the .reviewboardrc, but no setting for
> TRACKING_BRANCH. The rbtools documentation says this:
> Tracking branch from which your branch is derived (git only, defaults to
> The default can be set in TRACKING_BRANCH in .reviewboardrc.
> So the default value for TRACKING_BRANCH should already be
> "origin/master". I will make that change anyway.
> The docs say this about BRANCH:
> Affected branch.
> The default can be set in BRANCH in .reviewboardrc.
> What exactly does "Affected branch" mean? Maybe we should not be setting
> this value to "master"? We are almost always working in some branch off of
> master, not in master directly. Shouldn't rbtools be able to determine the
> current git branch in the local environment? What is the default behavior
> if we do not specify BRANCH in the .reviewboardrc file?
> On Tuesday, August 12, 2014 3:27:01 PM UTC-4, Christian Hammond wrote:
>> Hi Greg,
>> Which version of RBTools are you guys using?
>> Try setting the following in .reviewboardrc:
>> TRACKING_BRANCH = ‘origin/master’
>> That will ensure that, by default, rbt post will base commits off of
>> The important thing is making sure that developers are actually using
>> your central repo as origin, and not their own clone. If their clone is
>> named origin, you’ll get that sort of behavior, requiring they override by
>> doing —tracking-branch=<your_central_remote>/master.
>> I’d have to see more about their individual repo setups and their tree of
>> commits to really say for sure what’s happening, but that’s a good starting
>> point for diagnosing what’s wrong.
>> Christian Hammond - chri...@beanbaginc.com
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>> On August 12, 2014 at 10:54:40 AM, Greg Burcher (gregb...@gmail.com)
>> Having read the available documentation regarding using rbtools and git,
>> I am still trying to understand how git reviews are working with our git
>> branching strategy. Some things are not working as we expect.
>> We have a primary git repository origin/master. We have created a clone
>> repository of master on the server where ReviewBoard is installed, and this
>> repository is refreshed at intervals. All dev work is done on local
>> branches off of master, and then merged back into master. We create a
>> branch for each user story or defect that we work on. So the typical work
>> pattern looks like this:
>> 1. Dev creates a local branch off of master.
>> 2. Dev makes changes in their local branch and commits.
>> 3. Dev uses "rbt post" to create a review.
>> 4. When review is complete, dev pushes branch to origin then merges to
>> This pattern works fine. From reading the rbtools docs, my understanding
>> is that "rbt post" diffs my local committed branch workspace against the
>> copy of master on the clone with the ReviewBoard server.
>> If, instead, the dev pushes their branch to origin and then uses "rbt
>> post" to create a review, rbtools says there are no diffs. It is as if
>> rbtools is comparing the local copy of the branch to the origin copy of the
>> branch, or the same pushed commit level on the clone copy of master on the
>> ReviewBoard server, even though this branch is not yet merged to master.
>> Also, some devs have suggested that they have seen diffs where it seems
>> rbtools is comparing their local branch to their local copy of the master
>> Can someone explain the behavior of rbtools relative to git branches in
>> the branch/work strategy that I have described here?
>> I think we are doing pre-commit reviews, since our branch is never merged
>> to master when we create the reviews. Even if we have pushed our branch to
>> origin, rbtools should be comparing against master and not our branch,
>> right? So this is not post-commit.
>> To sum it up, we always want rbtools to compare the local committed
>> branch workspace to origin/master, or a clone of master local to the
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