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Re: Can't squash merge with merge.ff set to false

On Fri, Jan 5, 2018 at 2:26 PM, Paul Smith <paul@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
> On Fri, 2018-01-05 at 12:12 -0800, Bryan Turner wrote:
>> On Fri, Jan 5, 2018 at 11:59 AM, Robert Dailey <rcdailey.lists@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:
>> > Not sure if this is intended or a bug, but with the following
>> > configuration:
>> >
>> > $ git config --global merge.ff false
>> >
>> > I am not able to merge my topic branch into master with squash
>> > option:
>> >
>> > $ git checkout master
>> > $ git merge --squash topic
>> > fatal: You cannot combine --squash with --no-ff.
>> >
>> > I'm not sure why a non-fast-forward merge would prevent a squash
>> > merge, since by its very nature a squashed merge is not a fast
>> > forward merge (or maybe it is if you only have one commit).
> Hah!  I was just thinking of checking the latest Git RC I built
> yesterday to see if this pet peeve of mine has been fixed yet.  I guess
> not!
>> The easiest way to move forward is probably to pass "--ff" on the
>> command line to override the config, when you're using "--squash".
> That's what we always have to do.  Very annoying; we use squash-merge
> extensively but also want to require ff merge by default.
>> As for why the two aren't allowed together, my assumption would be
>> because if you're only squashing a single commit "--squash" and that
>> commit is fast-forward from the target, a new commit is not created
>> and instead the target branch is fast-forwarded. With "--no-ff", it's
>> questionable what "--squash" should do in that case. Fast-forward
>> anyway? Rewrite the commit simply to get new committer details and
>> SHA-1?
> If it only failed when you were squash-merging a single commit that was
> also fast-forwardable, I guess that would be one thing.  But even if I
> have multiple commits and I want to squash-merge them, which clearly is
> a separate operation giving different results, I get this error.
> I don't think Git should try to be clever here (if that's what it's
> doing--I always assumed it was just a missing configuration case in the
> error check).  If I asked for a squash-merge then Git should give me a
> squash merge.
> So in answer to your question, --squash should give me a squash merge
> and the setting of --ff / --no-ff should be completely ignored, as it's
> irrelevant.
> My $0.02.

Seems like --ff works, but is also misleading since in my case (more
than one commit) I'm not doing a ff merge and there's no possibility
of it. I think your idea of the 2 being distinctly separate makes
sense. Basically, --squash takes precedence and if the mechanism to
implement squash in certain scenarios (such as single commit) is
fast-forward merge, then that decision is made for the user and is no
longer something they can control.