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From: Phil Hord <>
To: Jeff King <>
Cc: Neil Horman <>,
Subject: Re: odd behavior with git-rebase
Date: Mon, 26 Mar 2012 14:31:05 -0400
Message-ID: <> (raw)
In-Reply-To: <>

On Fri, Mar 23, 2012 at 3:54 PM, Jeff King <> wrote:
> On Fri, Mar 23, 2012 at 02:52:05PM -0400, Neil Horman wrote:
>>       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 think it is even odder than that. If you use plain rebase, the empty
> commits are silently omitted. If you do an interactive rebase, you get
> the "could not apply" message (and just doing a "continue" creates some
> funny error messages and ends up omitting the commit).

Coincidentally I ran into this same behavior this week.  But what
bothered me about it was the messages git gave me.  The empty commit
gave me cherry-pick hints instead of rebase ones, including advising
me to "use 'git reset'" to resolve the problem if I don't want this
commit after all.

$ git rebase -i HEAD~10
The previous cherry-pick is now empty, possibly due to conflict resolution.
If you wish to commit it anyway, use:

    git commit --allow-empty

Otherwise, please use 'git reset'
# Not currently on any branch.
nothing to commit (working directory clean)
Could not apply d513504... Some commit message

I'm not sure if this is the norm or if it's a result of some other
things I did in this sequence.  But I've seen it several times now.
I've only tested it on 1.7.10 versions, including RC2.


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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 [this message]
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
2012-03-26 17:18   ` Neil Horman

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