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From Rohit Yadav <>
Subject Re: Need help in updating patch for Review Request
Date Thu, 29 Nov 2012 02:58:41 GMT
Min, here how my workflow is now irrespective of the fact that one can commit or not this works
for me:

0. Rule 0, you never ever work on the branch that tracks a remote branch, i.e. on master or
on api_refactoring for example.
1. Say I want to work on a branch x (can be master, can be api_refactoring), I create my own
personal branch; git checkout x; git checkout -b mybranch
2. I work on my branch "mybranch", add commit, there may be 100 commits, does not matter.
3. Time to send it for review? git checkout master or git checkout x (remember x was your
local branch that tracks a remote branch); git pull origin x;
create a merge branch, a merge branch is basically a temporary branch where you would squash
all your 100 commits from your "mybranch" to one commit:
git checkout -b mysquashbranch 
4. Time to squash all 100 commits to one commit:
git merge --squash "mybranch" (you're on the mysquashbranch)
5. git format patch -o <dir> HEAD~1, email or post on review board
6. Goto 2. make changes as suggested by reviewer. If patch accepted, stop.

Hope this helps.

On 28-Nov-2012, at 5:55 PM, Min Chen <> wrote:

> Hi there,
> I have been following instructions in
to create patch for API refactoring work I have been working on. The instruction may work
well for the ideal case where the patch is quickly approved by review board, but here is my
scenario that I am stuck at updating my patch:
> 1. I have created a private branch with an up-to-date copy of remote branch (api_refactoring)
at time A, and done my work there, and created a patch using "git format-patch master --stdout
> ~/patch-name.patch', and uploaded it to create a review request, this is perfectly fine.
> 2. Reviewer reviewed it and provided some feedback that I need to address.
> 3. Then I am working on addressing the feedback on my private branch and done, need to
update the patch for another review.
> 4. Just at the same time, remote api_refactoring branch is synced with master branch
and bring in a lot of new commits that are missing in my private branch created at time A
when I started my api refactoring work.
> 5. So I have to sync my private branch to pull in latest code from remote api_refactoring
and merge conflicts.
> 6. After all these, what command should I use to create an updated patch for review board?
The documented command "git format-patch master --stdout > ~/patch-name.patch" will generate
a patch file with all those commits brought in from master sync, and also uploading the generated
patch to review board will give out error.
> Really appreciate that somebody can provide a quick tip on this. I keep running into
such issues by working on a separate non-master branch.
> Thanks
> -min

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