[kwlug-disc] Advanced(?) Git usage question

John Johnson jvj at golden.net
Tue Apr 15 20:47:41 EDT 2014

As a new Git user (and budding enthusiast) I am following this thread 
with interest.

While not directly related to Git, I will toss out this story about 
revision control in general.

A few years ago, when interviewing a candidate for a job he told me that 
one of the fellows in the development team would check out code, work 
with it for 6 months or so. All without checking in the work (or I 
assume merging). And when the work was checked in, a lot of work was 
required, on the part of the team (of course), to reconcile the changes.

The problem: The culprit was the lead developer, the team manager.

A tip on Git that I read somewhere was to develop a consistent style in 
the git commit messages, e.g. git -am [message text], so as to make 
subsequent searches easier. For example, if one was using an issue 
tracking system with issues SCR 1024 SCR 2031 SCR 112 being active and 
the commit was to combine repairs that addressed these issues, the 
commit message could be: git commit -am "issues: SCR 1024 SCR 2031 SCR 
112" or similar.

In this example: SCR == Software Change Request.


On 2014-04-15 20:26, Jonathan Poole wrote:
> Yes, we had a fellow that was 42 days behind on his branch, spent a few weeks rebasing, and then ultimately just merging and dealing with the mess.  Rebase is your friend.
> On Apr 15, 2014, at 8:09 PM, Chris Frey<cdfrey at foursquare.net>  wrote:
>> On Tue, Apr 15, 2014 at 07:43:13PM -0400, Jonathan Poole wrote:
>>> I've adopted the git-flow branching model at home, and work.
>>> With little hesitations now, we are growing to love it.  Merging and
>>> rebasing is fairly straightforward, but I don't know what kind of code
>>> your writing that would not inherit the model successfully.
>> I assume you're referring to this:
>> 	http://nvie.com/posts/a-successful-git-branching-model/
>> I mostly do use that flow, but in my experience, the number of merge
>> commits (as opposed to fast-forwards) are pretty low, since I highly
>> favour rebasing before ultimately merging with master, wherever possible.
>> It keeps history simple, and keeps my development in sync with the
>> lastest good code.
>> - Chris
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