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From Chris Hillery <>
Subject Re: Integrating the folder change and package change into topic branches
Date Thu, 27 Aug 2015 11:28:16 GMT
Hey - I've been working on integrating my "clean JSON" changes, which is
kind of the perfect catastrophe to try and merge with the org.apache
package change. In the JSON branch I had done a lot of moving Java files
from one package to another, so I had a bunch of git "renames"
(adds/deletes) as well as a bunch of import changes related to them. And
they all produced merge/rebase conflicts.

I've found a workaround, though! By getting git to give you a textual patch
and tweaking it, you can rebase any number of changes onto the new master
seamlessly. Here's how:

1. On your local branch, find the *parent* of the first commit you want to
migrate onto the new master. If you were fully up-to-date before the
repackaging commits went in, this will be Till's
change 95350e253f3462b1fb8d08396b4fddadaa33bf53, so I'll use that here.

2. Run this magic command:

   git format-patch --stdout 95350e253f3462b1fb8d08396b4fddadaa33bf53 |
perl -pe 's#edu(.)uci.ics#org\1apache#g' > /tmp/my.patch

3. Now fetch the new master, and create a new local branch from it:

   git switch master; git pull; git checkout -B newbranch

4. Apply your tweaked patch:

   git am /tmp/my.patch

That's it! If this produces any sort of merge conflicts, you might try
again "rebasing" onto commit f18bba2 instead (that is, in step 3, do "git
checkout -B newbranch f18bba2") - that way you'll *only* pick up the
mechanical edu.uci.ics -> org.apache changes, none of the later ones.

Hope that helps someone,
aka Chris Hillery

On Tue, Aug 25, 2015 at 9:31 AM, Ian Maxon <> wrote:

> Hi all,
> With the last few patches that have been submitted, integrating them back
> into all of our open topic branches may be a little more complex than
> usual.
> In the simplest case, if you have a change that doesn't add .java files nor
> edit import or package statements, 'git gerrit update' should just work
> without complaint or conflict. If you do have changes of that type, 'git
> gerrit update' will still work, but you'll have to resolve the rebase
> conflict.
> If you use merge typically instead of 'git gerrit update' or rebase to pull
> in new changes, you should take extra caution. Just a plain 'git merge'
> will most likely create many ugly conflicts when it attempts to merge both
> the path renaming change, and the package renaming change, at once. The
> work around for this is to merge them one at a time (e.g. in asterix, git
> merge 34d8163 for the path renaming change, and git merge f18bba26 for the
> package rename). In the first step you'll have to move any java files you
> created with a folder under edu/uci/ics to org/apache, and in the second
> resolve all the conflicts related to imports and package naming. If in the
> last step there are a lot of conflicts, sometimes it is easier to merge
> while taking your local changes first, and then re-doing the package change
> from edu.uci.ics to org.apache with sed on the affected files, instead of
> trying to resolve them all one by one.
> In short, you run into a really bad merge conflict,  please don't hesitate
> to ask for advice about it here. Hopefully the above advice is helpful, but
> every situation is unique.
> Thanks,
> -Ian

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