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
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. Tested on git, 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?).
Sample Output
remote: Counting objects: 19, done.
remote: Compressing objects: 100% (13/13), done.
remote: Total 13 (delta 9), reused 0 (delta 0)
Unpacking objects: 100% (13/13), done.
From i:/rep/ap
   a8c4762..b7c6b0e  master     -> origin/master
Updating a8c4762..b7c6b0e
Fast forward
 piyo/smallscripts/{ => authkey} |    0
 ssh/                            |   36 +++++++++++++++++------------
 2 files changed, 25 insertions(+), 15 deletions(-)  (truncated)

By: piyo
2009-02-13 15:30:46

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:
bartman · 698 weeks and 2 days ago
Cool, thanks for the heads up. Now there's a reason to upgrade git!
piyo · 698 weeks and 2 days ago
seofox · 32 weeks and 3 days ago

What do you think?

Any thoughts on this command? Does it work on your machine? Can you do the same thing with only 14 characters?

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