How to git rebase overwriting conflicts with your own changes


How to git rebase overwriting conflicts with your own changes

Quite often I find myself in a situation when I need to rebase my local feature branch containing the latest code against the master, but running git rebase master generates a bunch of conflicts that I am expected to fix manually, though I know that my local feature branch has the latest and greatest and I simply want the changes in my feature branch overwrite the corresponding files in master each time such conflict arises. This usually happens when I am the only committer on the project.

Starting with git version 1.7.3 it became possible to pass a strategy option to git rebase command.

The use of -Xtheirs and -Xours appear to be somewhat counterintuitive, so think of it as telling git which branch code to favor when resolving rebase conflicts. For example, when doing:

# see current branch
$ git branch
* branch-a
# rebase preferring current branch changes merge during conflicts
$ git rebase -Xtheirs branch-b

-Xtheirs will favor your current branch-a code when overwriting merge conflicts, and vice versa -Xours will overwrite merge conflicts with with the code in branch-b.

Similar options exist in git merge command as well, but the meaning of -Xtheirs and -Xours is reversed due to the differences on how git rebase and git merge operate and what they consider ours vs. theirs:

# assuming branch-a is our current version
$ git rebase -Xtheirs branch-b # <- ours: branch-b, theirs: branch-a
$ git merge -Xtheirs branch-b  # <- ours: branch-a, theirs: branch-b

Thus, if you are merging changes from origin/master and would like git to favor your current branch code during merge conflicts, you’d need to do this:

$ git merge -Xours origin/master
Today my environment was: git 2.4.2, Mac OS X 10.10.3


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I am Dmitri Moore, a Director of Technology at ColdData and a hands-on coder for almost 2 decades now. During this time, I’ve seen many frameworks going from being super popular to fairly forgotten. So far, PEAN is my favorite stack. Let’s see how long this one is gonna stick around. Feel free to ping me with your own prognosis or just say “hi”.

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