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Support semi-linear merge option for pull requests #1017

waldyrious opened this issue Sep 13, 2017 · 0 comments


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commented Sep 13, 2017

This would be equivalent to rebasing a PR without merging it (tracked as #88, most explicitly described in @jagthedrummer's comment in that thread), and then using the normal merge option (which always creates a merge commit, even if the merge could be fast-forwarded).

Such a workflow can be implemented via the command line, or using third-party tools, as @galulex illustrated here, but it would be best if it was a natively supported additional option in GitHub's web UI.

FYI, GitLab has implemented this about a year ago, and it's a popular request for Bitbucket as well.

To make this more concrete and visual, I found that the diagram from the post A tidy, linear Git history explains the difference between these workflows quite well in a visual way, and I took the liberty to add a pure linear workflow to the diagram to quickly convey the differences between merge vs. rebase && merge --ff-only (linear) vs. rebase && merge --no-ff (semi-linear):

git history diagrams

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