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Create a git alias that will pull and fast-forward the current branch if there are no conflicts

Terminal - Create a git alias that will pull and fast-forward the current branch if there are no conflicts
git config --global --add alias.ff "pull --no-commit -v" ; git ff
2009-02-13 15:30:46
User: piyo
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Create a git alias that will pull and fast-forward the current branch if there are no conflicts

This command will first add an alias known only to git, which will allow you to pull a remote and first-forward the current branch. However, if the remote/branch and your branch have diverged, it will stop before actually trying to merge the two, so you can back out the changes.

http://www.kernel.org/pub/software/scm/git/docs/git-pull.html

Tested on git 1.5.6.1, msysgit (Windows port)

Actually this is not really the way I want it. I want it to attempt a fast-foward, but not attempt to merge or change my working copy. Unfortunately git pull doesn't have that functionality (yet?).

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What others think

I think what you actually want here is

git pull --ff-only

sadly it's not available yet, but will be soon:

http://kerneltrap.org/index.php?q=mailarchive/git/2009/1/30/4853834

Comment by bartman 392 weeks and 6 days ago

Cool, thanks for the heads up. Now there's a reason to upgrade git!

Comment by piyo 392 weeks and 6 days ago

Your point of view

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