Merge or Cherry-Pick?

Thiago Macieira thiago at
Mon Jan 31 23:32:13 GMT 2011

On Monday, 31 de January de 2011 18:25:38 Parker Coates wrote:
> On Mon, Jan 31, 2011 at 17:36, Stefan Majewsky wrote:
> > On Mon, Jan 31, 2011 at 11:34 PM, Arno Rehn wrote:
> >> (Feature branches are a different thing).
> > 
> > Am I right that these should be rebased instead of merged?
> It's my understanding that rebasing is only allowed for private, local
> branches. If a branch has been pushed to the server, rebasing it will
> rewrite its history and break things for anyone who has pulled it from
> the server.

Private branches can also exist on the server, such as for back-up purposes.

You should never rebase a branch that people are using. However, the opposite 
is also true: people shouldn't use a branch that is getting rebased.

It's just a convention to decide how to mark a branch as "rebasing" and which 
ones are public.

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