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create_from_github(): ensure forked repos are current with upstream/master #695

ijlyttle opened this issue Apr 4, 2019 · 0 comments


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@ijlyttle ijlyttle commented Apr 4, 2019

Follow-on from #685.

If I create_from_github() on someone else's repository for which I already have a GitHub fork (e.g. r-lib/usethis), the copy that gets cloned to my computer is my master branch, not the upstream master branch. I will probably want to start my work from the upstream master, rather than my likely-stale master. I know that this is easily fixed with pr_pull_upstream(), but I wonder if this might be a useful default behavior for create_from_github().

It would seem to be a matter of adding pr_pull_upstream() to the end of:


Lines 198 to 202 in 2749025

if (fork) {
r <- git2r::repository(proj_get())
ui_done("Adding {ui_value('upstream')} remote: {ui_value(upstream_url)}")
git2r::remote_add(r, "upstream", upstream_url)

I'm assuming that the feedback (ui_done()) from pr_pull_upstream() takes care of having to add something here ourselves.

I'll start a PR for this, subject to your guidance.

@jennybc jennybc added the git label Apr 4, 2019
ijlyttle added a commit to ijlyttle/usethis that referenced this issue Apr 4, 2019
@jennybc jennybc closed this in #697 Apr 5, 2019
jennybc added a commit that referenced this issue Apr 5, 2019
* Fix #695, for forked repositories, create_from_github() will pull the upstream master

* Tweak help

* Re-document
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