Working with Git

Chris Jones jonesc at
Thu Oct 6 04:44:39 PDT 2016

On 06/10/16 12:15, Ryan Schmidt wrote:
> On Oct 6, 2016, at 06:09, Chris Jones <jonesc at> wrote:
>>> On 06/10/16 11:43, Mojca Miklavec wrote:
>>> On 6 October 2016 at 09:39, Chris Jones wrote:
>>>>> How do I take the user's pull request, make additional changes, and commit
>>>>> them to our master?
>>>> Anyone can commit to the branch created by the user for the pull request. So
>>>> you can just checkout that branch yourself, make changes, commit and push
>>>> them back to the branch, and thus the merge request.
>>> Interesting, thank you, I didn't know (or think of) that.
>>> My next question was going to be: what happens when user submits a
>>> pull request that needs quite a bit of editing? Say that the user
>>> first changes all the whitespacing together with content changes and
>>> potentially does some other mistakes like increasing epoch for no good
>>> reason etc. Of course he can then make another commit that changes
>>> that back, but we would end up with super weird history for no good
>>> reason unless we take the liberty to modify the commits (heavily)
>>> before accepting them.
>> I guess one option would be to reject the request, providing information on why, and leave it to the user to fix the issues and resubmit a new request. If they need to they can rebase/revert their local checkout back to before their changes, to remove the bad commits from the history.
> I assumed that in such a case, where the contributor is (or we are) making several commits to fix mistakes in a submission, we would use a "squash merge" (?) to combine all the changes in the pull request into a single commit on master. The GitHub web interface provides an option for this. If we want to rebase instead of merge (?) we would need to write up a procedure for how that's accomplished.

yeah, that is probably better. Simpler for the user at least.

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