Merge or Cherry-Pick?

Kevin Ottens ervin at
Wed Feb 2 07:02:31 GMT 2011

On Wednesday 2 February 2011 07:21:44 Dawit A wrote:
> On Wed, Feb 2, 2011 at 12:58 AM, John Tapsell <johnflux at> wrote:
> >> But how would a similar work flow except there are multiple fixes
> >> present in the local repo ? How would you push only a single fix in
> >> such case ?
> > 
> > git rebase -i origin   #Bring up a list of your changes.
> > 
> > <Reorder them in the editor so that the commit you want to push is at
> > the top of the list, save>
> > 
> > <Fix any conflicts that might have arisen because you reordered the
> > commits>
> > 
> > git pull --rebase   #make sure we are up to date
> > 
> > git log      #copy the SHA of the commit you want to push up to
> > 
> > git push origin SHA:head   #paste the SHA that you just copied where I
> > wrote "SHA"
> > 
> > 
> > Does that make sense?  There are other ways to do it, but this way
> > avoids most of the common problems.
> Yes. Great. IMHO that type of documentation is what is needed in techbase.
> One question though... why would i need to do git rebase -i origin if
> I always do git pull --rebase in the first place ? Wouldn't simply
> following the steps you mentioned after "git pull --rebase" suffice
> since I am going to be using the commit SHA to do the push ?

Because the order matters. git will push everything up to the commit with the 
SHA1 passed as parameter. git rebase -i allows you to reorder your commits 

Kévin Ottens,

KDAB - proud patron of KDE,
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