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From: Phillip Wood <>
To: Philip Oakley <>,
	George Spelvin <lkml@SDF.ORG>,
	Johannes Schindelin <>
Cc: Junio C Hamano <>,
Subject: Re: Feature request: rebase -i inside of rebase -i
Date: Tue, 31 Mar 2020 14:36:59 +0100
Message-ID: <> (raw)
In-Reply-To: <>

Hi Philip, George and Johannes

I really like the idea of being able to extend or rewind an existing 
rebase to reedit commits.

On 31/03/2020 11:57, Philip Oakley wrote:
> Hi george,
> On 31/03/2020 01:00, George Spelvin wrote:
>> Thinking about Philip Oakley's suggestion, it dawned on me that
>> we can *already* do a nested rebase manually, and having a less
>> manual alias for the procedure would be reasonable.
>> Suppose the last four commits are O-A-B-C, and whether they were created
>> by this rebase or existed before is irrelevant.
>> If I want to rebase --nested -i O, then I --edit-todo and
> Maybe `--rework` as a possible alternate option name, if the concept of
> it being truly nested process does not work out?

or `--rewind` ?

>> prepend the following four lines:
>> reset O
>> pick A
>> pick B
>> pick C
>> If a nested rebase command does just that, I think it would cover my
>> use case.  If it adds a comment saying "nested rebase ends here",
>> it's easy to cancel the nested rebase if there was a mistake.
>> A slightly fancier thing a nestrd rebase could do is see if any of the
>> newly created picks are also used in merges that were already in the todo
>> list.  In that case, follow the pick by a label command and update the
>> later merge to refer to the label.

If we're going to support rewinding a rebase that creates merges then 
this is a prerequisite otherwise it wont work properly. It will also 
need to update any existing labels that refer to a commits that get 
rewritten when rewinding.

When cancelling the nested rebase we need to take care to restore any 
labels to their previous value if they have been updated by the nested 
rebase. We also need to restore the list or rewritten commits so that we 
don't report that we've rewritten the commits from the nested rebase 
that we're aborting. These two requirements unfortunately make it 
difficult to implement the nested rebase just by updating the todo list. 
It needs to save the current labels (and reference the commits somewhere 
so they don't get gc'd) and the rewritten-list. `git rebase --abort` (or 
whatever we end up using to abort the nested part of the rebase) needs 
to restore the labels and rewritten-list. I think it should probably 
restore the todo list as well - if the original part of the todo list 
gets edited during the nested rebase should we drop those changes to the 
list or keep them when the nested rebase is aborted?

Best Wishes


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Thread overview: 25+ messages / expand[flat|nested]  mbox.gz  Atom feed  top
2020-03-20 22:30 George Spelvin
2020-03-20 22:51 ` Junio C Hamano
2020-03-20 23:35   ` George Spelvin
2020-03-21 10:51     ` Johannes Schindelin
2020-03-21 17:56       ` George Spelvin
2020-03-25 19:26         ` Johannes Schindelin
2020-03-26  0:18           ` George Spelvin
2020-03-28 14:25             ` Johannes Schindelin
2020-03-28 16:30               ` George Spelvin
2020-03-31  0:00                 ` George Spelvin
2020-03-31 10:57                   ` Philip Oakley
2020-03-31 13:36                     ` Phillip Wood [this message]
2020-04-01 16:43                       ` Philip Oakley
2020-04-07 15:54                         ` Phillip Wood
2020-04-04 12:17                   ` Johannes Schindelin
2020-04-04 12:39                 ` Johannes Schindelin
2020-04-04 17:41                   ` George Spelvin
2020-04-06 10:40                     ` Sebastien Bruckert
2020-04-06 15:24                       ` George Spelvin
2020-04-07  9:16                         ` Sebastien Bruckert
2020-04-07 19:03                           ` George Spelvin
2020-03-30 14:01               ` Philip Oakley
2020-03-30 18:18                 ` George Spelvin
2020-03-30 21:53                   ` Philip Oakley
2020-03-21  8:47 ` Johannes Sixt

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