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In your github fork, you need to keep your master branch clean, by clean I mean without any changes, like that you can create at any time a branch from your master. Each time that you want to commit a bug or a feature, you need to create a branch for it, which will be a copy of your master branch.
When you do a pull request on a branch, you can continue to work on another branch and make another pull request on this other branch.
Before creating a new branch, pull the changes from upstream. Your master needs to be up to date.
Create the branch on your local machine and switch in this branch :
$ git checkout -b [name_of_your_new_branch]
Change working branch :
$ git checkout [name_of_your_new_branch]
Push the branch on github :
$ git push origin [name_of_your_new_branch]
When you want to commit something in your branch, be sure to be in your branch. Add -u parameter to set upstream.
You can see all branches created by using :
$ git branch
Which will show :
* approval_messages master master_clean
Add a new remote for your branch :
$ git remote add [name_of_your_remote]
Push changes from your commit into your branch :
$ git push [name_of_your_new_remote] [name_of_your_branch]
Update your branch when the original branch from official repository has been updated :
$ git fetch [name_of_your_remote]
Then you need to apply to merge changes, if your branch is derivated from develop you need to do :
$ git merge [name_of_your_remote]/develop
Delete a branch on your local filesystem :
$ git branch -d [name_of_your_new_branch]
To force the deletion of local branch on your filesystem :
$ git branch -D [name_of_your_new_branch]
Delete the branch on github :
$ git push origin :[name_of_your_new_branch]
The only difference is the : to say delete, you can do it too by using github interface to remove branch : https://help.github.com/articles/deleting-unused-branches.
If you want to change default branch, it's so easy with github, in your fork go into Admin and in the drop-down list default branch choose what you want.