Re: [BUG] rebase --interactive silently overwrites ignored files
- Date: Sun, 14 Apr 2019 14:24:31 +0100
- From: Phillip Wood <phillip.wood123@xxxxxxxxx>
- Subject: Re: [BUG] rebase --interactive silently overwrites ignored files
On 14/04/2019 02:59, wh wrote:
Thanks for the info about the upcoming "precious" attribute. Looks useful.
Hmm, unfortunately it's not looking so hopeful now 
I didn't get the impression that Git normally overwrites ignored
files. I ran some more experiments:
git rebase FETCH_HEAD # bails
git rebase -i FETCH_HEAD # overwrites
git merge FETCH_HEAD # bails
git reset --keep FETCH_HEAD # bails
git reset --merge FETCH_HEAD # bails
git checkout FETCH_HEAD # overwrites
# without feature 2 locally:
git merge FETCH_HEAD # overwrites, fast-forwards
git merge --no-ff FETCH_HEAD # bails
Thanks for sharing that, I was assuming the other commands behaved like
checkout, I'm intrigued that merge behaves differently to rebase -i as
they use the same underlying machinery, I'm a bit snowed under at the
moment but I'll try and take a look at what's going sometime in the not
too distant future.
On Fri, Apr 12, 2019 at 9:30 AM Phillip Wood <phillip.wood123@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:
On 12/04/2019 00:56, wh wrote:
I'm using git 2.20.1 from Debian. Git is usually careful not to
overwrite untracked files, including ignored files.
Git normally overwrites ignored files, so I think in your example rebase
-i is working as expected, I'm surprised that the am based rebase does
not overwrite the ignored file. There has been some discussion about
introducing 'precious' files that are ignored but protected in the same
way as untracked files .
rebase doesn't detect this (non-interactive rebase works fine).
echo 1 >feature-1
git add feature-1
git commit -m "feature 1"
git clone upstream local
# write some tools for our own convenience
echo ours >tools
echo /tools >>.git/info/exclude
# start working on a feature
git checkout -b f2
echo wip >feature-2
git add feature-2
git commit -m "wip"
# official tools are available
echo theirs >tools
git add tools
git commit -m "tools"
git fetch ../upstream master
# this would be okay
#git rebase FETCH_HEAD
# problem: overwrites tools silently
GIT_EDITOR=true git rebase -i FETCH_HEAD
Expected: `git rebase -i` fails because it would have to overwrite the
untracked "tools" file. Contents of tools file remains `ours`.
Actual: Contents of tools file becomes `theirs`.