Working with Git

Ryan Schmidt ryandesign at
Mon Oct 31 08:29:30 PDT 2016

> On Oct 5, 2016, at 9:53 PM, Ryan Schmidt <ryandesign at> wrote:
> How will this work on GitHub?
> The user will submit a pull request. How do I test it locally? What if the pull request is incomplete? I know I can tell the user what's wrong, and they can push another commit to the same branch they made to initiate the pull request, and those new commits will automatically appear in the pull request, and I can then merge it if I like it. But what if the user does not respond and fix the changes? What if the user makes additional commits but they're still not sufficient? How do I take the user's pull request, make additional changes, and commit them to our master?

There were several different and sometimes conflicting answers to this question in this thread. Now that we have converted to git, and I have received a pull request for one of my ports, I need to know how to test it locally and then commit it to master. I don't want to understand git's theory or to be given lots of options amongst which to choose; I just want to be told how to get my work done. Could someone please update the WorkingWithGit page with the correct instructions?

One of the suggestions in this thread was to use the "hub" wrapper around git. Based on the fact that their homepage only mentions how to install hub with Homebrew, and that they have twice refused [1] to acknowledge on their web page that hub can also be installed with MacPorts, I am uncomfortable referring users to their web page, and I suggest that we do not mention "hub" in our page.


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