Maintaining my own branch with git

Steve O'Hara-Smith steve at
Wed Apr 28 12:16:38 UTC 2021

On Wed, 28 Apr 2021 13:49:23 +0200
Andrea Venturoli <ml at> wrote:

> Hello.
> I know tons of messages have been written on the subject: I read them 
> all, along with the Git Primer docs, but somehow I think I'm not doing 
> it right and I cannot understand what I'm doing wrong.
> I need to have some patches applied to both src and ports and distribute 
> them to several machines.
> So I have my own git server and I want to keep my own FreeBSD branches.
> I cloned FreeBSD's git repository and pushed into my server; then I 
> created my own branches.

	OK let's stop there. I would not do that.

	I would do this:

1: Clone the FreeBSD repository into my work area
2: Create my branch(es) off freebsd/main like this:
   git checkout main
   git checkout -b myworkingbranch
3: Apply my patches in myworkingbranch and commit them to that branch
   NB: git commit --amend and git rebase -i are your dear friends for
       keeping a clean history in your branch.
4: Push myworkingbranch to your server whenever you're done with a commit 
   Don't push the freebsd branches ever
5: Update main with git pull (while freebsd/main is checked out)
   NB: This will *always* be fast forward since you *never* commit to it
6: Update myworkingbranch with:
   git rebase main
   NB: This will stash your changes, bring in the updates and then reapply
       your changes, requiring you to sort out any conflicts that come up.
7: After this rebase you will need to force push myworkingbranch to
   your server

	Branches in git are cheap, easy and throwaway things make branches
at the drop of a hat to keep separate threads of work separate, make
integration branches to merge them into and test branches to load with
throwaway debug and never think twice about doing it.

Steve O'Hara-Smith <steve at>

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