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From Stefan Bodewig <>
Subject Re: [2/2] ant git commit: Merge branch 'master' of
Date Thu, 05 Apr 2018 09:47:39 GMT
On 2018-04-05, Maarten Coene wrote:

> Sorry, I have no idea what this is... should it be reverted?

No, you haven't really changed anything.

Your "fix typo" commit was based on a version of the master branch that
is older than the HEAD at apache as you didn't update your local copy
first. When you tried to push the changes git told you you needed to
update your working copy first. For this there are two options:

* merge the changes that have happened at Apache with yours - this
  creates the merge commit you've seen. This is probably the default
  option, my git setup has been tweaked long ago and I don't trust my
  local defaults :-)

* rebase your changes on top of the version at apache. This would have
  shown a clean linear history and is what I tend to prefer where

rebasing is a bit of an advanced git strategy.

The merge commit really only shows as a "diamond" in history. If you
look at the commit in gitk or a similar tool you'll see it has two
parents: your typo fix and the latest HEAD at apache. It hasn't really
changed any files you didn't intend to change, it just shows that your
working copy and apache's HEAD have diverted at one point in time. This
is seen as noise by some, but really doesn't do any harm beyond that.


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