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From: Neal Kreitzinger <>
To: Neil Horman <>
Subject: Re: odd behavior with git-rebase
Date: Mon, 26 Mar 2012 10:27:57 -0500
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On 3/23/2012 1:52 PM, Neil Horman wrote:
> Hey all-
> 	I hit a strange problem with git rebase and I can't quite decide if its
> a design point of the rebase command, or if its happening in error.  When doing
> upstream backports of various kernel components I occasionally run accross
> commits that, for whatever reason, I don't want/need or can't backport.  When
> that happens, I insert an empty commit in my history noting the upstream commit
> hash and the reasoning behind why I skipped it (I use git commit -c<hash>
> --allow-empty).  If I later rebase this branch, I note that all my empty commits
> fail indicating the commit cannot be applied.  I can of course do another git
> commit --allow-empty -c<hash>; git rebase --continue, and everything is fine,
> but I'd rather it just take the empty commit in the rebase if possible.
> I know that git cherry-pick allows for picking of empty commits, and it appears
> the rebase script uses cherry-picking significantly, so I'm not sure why this
> isn't working, or if its explicitly prevented from working for some reason.
> anyone have any insight?
FWIW, I'm not sure what you mean by "backport", but IMHO backporting a 
critical fix to an earlier version seems by nature to be a cherry-pick 
operation as opposed to a rebase operation.  A rebase implies "I want 
everything" -- that doesn't sound like a backport.  A cherry-pick 
implies "I only want certain things" -- that sounds like a backport. 
Maybe your really using rebase to cherry-pick several commits.  Using 
your technique of "empty commit placeholders", it seems you could end up 
with quite a lot of "empty" commit placeholders which doesn't seem to 
make much sense.  Why would you want a bunch of empty commit 
placeholders in your older version bugfix history saying "I didn't want 
this, but its in the newer version."  (who cares?).  Isn't having the 
stuff you do want recorded as commits enough to make it clear what you 
brought over?  You could even edit the "cherry-picked" (or rebased) 
commit messages to document the sha1 of the commit being cherry picked 
from the newer version.  That seems to make more sense to document what 
you did, as opposed to documenting what you didn't do.

I'm not a git expert or a kernel developer, but find this subject 
relevant and interesting.  Our "New" system was forked from our "old" 
system.  We bring over fixes/features from "old" system to "new" system. 
  "New" system hast limited field testing accumulated, and gets 
features/fixes from "old" system which has extensive productional 
testing ongoing.  When doing so, many "old" system changes are not 
wanted as they are irrelevent to the "new" system.  Having an empty 
commit for them makes no sense.

Food for thought.  Maybe my cooking as bad.  Maybe I'll learn a new recipe.


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Thread overview: 17+ messages / expand[flat|nested]  mbox.gz  Atom feed  top
2012-03-23 18:52 Neil Horman
2012-03-23 19:54 ` Jeff King
2012-03-26 18:31   ` Phil Hord
2012-03-26 19:56     ` Jeff King
2012-03-23 20:33 ` Junio C Hamano
2012-03-24 16:55   ` Neil Horman
2012-03-26 17:12     ` Junio C Hamano
2012-03-26 17:20       ` Neil Horman
2012-03-26 21:53         ` Neal Kreitzinger
2012-03-26 22:53           ` Phil Hord
     [not found]             ` <>
2012-03-28  6:58               ` Phil Hord
2012-03-28 17:08               ` Junio C Hamano
2012-03-26 18:29       ` Phil Hord
2012-03-26 20:04         ` Neil Horman
2012-03-27  1:58         ` Jay Soffian
2012-03-26 15:27 ` Neal Kreitzinger [this message]
2012-03-26 17:18   ` Neil Horman

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