[LLVMdev] git Status Update?

Matthieu Moy Matthieu.Moy at grenoble-inp.fr
Mon Sep 12 09:51:10 PDT 2011

dag at cray.com (David A. Greene) writes:

> Jason Kim <jasonwkim at google.com> writes:
>> I believe git has a similar system for maintaining "branches of patches" 
> A pointer/tutorial on how to do this would be most welcome.

It depends on the definition of "branches of patches" ;-).

I manage my patches with "git rebase -i", which allows me to edit,
combine, reorder, discard my local commits relatively easily. See for


Git keeps tracks of what you do locally in a kind of meta-history called
the reflog (i.e. when you rewrite history, the resulting history is the
clean sequence of commits you want to show to the rest of the world, and
the reflog keeps tracks of you mistakes and how you fixed them). See for


The reflog is a very good complement to "rebase -i" in the sense that it
keeps your (dirty) history, so you're safe if you mis-use "rebase -i",
but it keeps it local, so you don't disturb others with "oh, I've
noticed a flaw in my previous commit, let's fix it before I send the
patch"-kind of commits.

Other people prefer using some additional layers on top of Git like
stgit or topgit, which are probably the closest equivalent to
Mercurial's MQ (disclaimer: I've never use any of them).

Matthieu Moy

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