Work with git branches

14 Feb 2014


create a branch, add some files, push to remote repository
git branch branchName
echo "Some information" > test.txt
git add test.txt
git commit -m 'add text.txt'
git push origin branchName
list all local branches
git branch -a
checkout remote branch

There is a branch named dev in remote repository, you want to trace that:

git branch -b dev origin/dev
delete remote branch
git push origin --delete <branchName>

git push origin :<branchName>
delete local branch
// -d means --delete
git branch -d branchName

// force delete, even is not merged
git branch -D branchName

Merge & Rebase

Here is a repository has a branch named b1, it has some commits A, B. A -- B [b1]

  1. Local Case A:

    You check out b1, then do some work, your commit is C, after your commit, your local repository will be:

    A -- B -- C      [b1]
  2. Local Case B:

    You create branch b2 from b1, then commit.

    A -- B      [b1]
           C    [b2]
  3. Local Case C:

    You did nothing. A -- B [b1]

  4. Remote Case A:

    At the same time, someone commited a change, namely commit D, pushed the commit to repository server.

    A -- B -- D         [remote b1]
           ----- C      [local]
  5. Remote Case B:

    No commit has been pushed to remote before you push commit C to remote. The remote remains:

    A -- B   [b1]
$ git st
# On branch develop
# Your branch and 'origin/develop' have diverged,
# and have 1 and 2 different commit(s) each, respectively.
nothing to commit (working directory clean)
git fetch

After git fetch, your local repository will be one of the following status:

Case A: Local Case A + Remote Case B

A -- B      [b1]
       C    [b1]

Case B: Local Case B + Remote Case B

A -- B      [b1]
       C    [b2]

Case C: Local Case C + Remote Case A

        C   [b1 remote]
A -- B      [b1,local]

Case D: Local Case A + Remote Case A

A -- B -- D             [b1]
        ---- C          [b1]

Case E: Local Case A + Remote Case B

A -- B -- D             [b1]
        --- C           [b2]
what is fast-forward

If the branch has not diverged, and HEAD is behind, it can do fast-forward.

If git merge is called on a branch which can fast-forward, fast-forward will be applied automatically

git merge --ff-only origin/master will try to use fast-forward, abort if fast-forward is not possible.

git merge in one branch
$ git merge

After merged:

Case A: do nothing
Case B: do nothing
Case C: Fast-forward will be applied

        A -- B -- C      [b1,local/remote]

Case D: Merge, a new commit `E` will be created automatically.

        A -- B -- D --- E       [b1]
              \        /
                ---- C          [b1]
git merge two branches
$ git merge origin/b1

After Merged:

Case E:
        A -- B ------ D         [b1]
              \        \
                -- C -- E       [b2]
git pull

git pull = git fetch + git merge

git rebase in one branch
# Case E
$ git rebase
A -- B ------- D        [b1,remote]
        ------ D -- C1  [b1,local]
git rebase in diffrent branches
# Case F
$ git rebase origin/b1

A -- B ------- D        [b1,remote]
        ------ D -- C1  [b2,local]
git push force


Usually, the command refuses to update a remote ref that is not an ancestor of the local ref used to overwrite it.

Case F, may need force push. If b2 has some pushed commits before D and C

A -- B -..... --- D        [b1,remote]
        -.... --- D -- C1  [b2,local]
$ git push origin b2 -f
$ git push origin b2 --force
$ git push origin +b2

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