Merging GitHub Pull Requests into Subversion using git-svn

Alfred Perlstein bright at
Tue Apr 28 01:10:13 UTC 2015

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On 4/25/15 12:30 AM, David Chisnall wrote:
> On 23 Apr 2015, at 00:12, Craig Rodrigues <rodrigc at> wrote:
>> While not as smooth as clicking a merge button in GitHub,
>> this is a valid way to accept patches submitted via GitHub pull requests,
>> and integrate them in our FreeBSD Subversion repo.
> The merge button on GitHub does the wrong thing anyway (merges without fast-forward, so you end up with a tangled history), so (after the initial setup) the steps that I use for merging pull requests from GitHub projects are very similar (locally pull the branch with fast-fordward, test, push).
Not to bikeshed this, but you really almost never want a fast-forward 
commit.  The reason is that it becomes challenging to git-bisect things 
to sort out where a bad commit was.

In addition then the merge is actually one "atomic" commit.

Getting over viewing "merge commits" as "messy" was the final hurdle I 
faced going towards git-nirvana.


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