[Phpmyadmin-devel] committing a patch to git

Dieter Adriaenssens dieter.adriaenssens at gmail.com
Thu Mar 18 10:02:05 CET 2010

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Hi all,

Yesterday, I tried to commit a patch to the QA_3_3 branch and then
merge it with master.

Everything went well until I had to merge my changes in the QA_3_3
branch to master.
This is what I did :

git pull (to sync with current changes in git)
git checkout QA_3_3
(made changes to main.php and ChangeLog)
git commit -a -m "message"

so far no problems, but then

git checkout master
git merge QA_3_3

and then I got this :

$ git merge QA_3_3
Auto-merging ChangeLog
CONFLICT (content): Merge conflict in ChangeLog
Auto-merging Documentation.html
Auto-merging libraries/config.default.php
Auto-merging main.php
Auto-merging tbl_change.php
CONFLICT (content): Merge conflict in tbl_change.php
Automatic merge failed; fix conflicts and then commit the result.

I understand the automerge of Documentation.html and
libraries/config.default.php. They are probably different between
I understand why merging ChangeLog had difficulties, because I changed
something there.
I can imagine why main.php (the file I changed) merged without
problem, probably because that file was previously unchanged, so the
merge was no problem.
But what I don't understand is why the tbl_change.php caused problems.
I didn't touch that file, so as far as I'm concerned, that file should
have been correctly merged the previous time (commit before me).

After manualy changing the tbl_change.php and ChangeLog file, I did this :

git add ChangeLog
git add tbl_change.php

(because git status instructed me to)

and then

git commit
git push

This resulted in these two commits :

Changed link to git repository on main page
Merge branch 'QA_3_3'

It then turned out I forgot to solve two conflicts in tbl_change.php
(indicated by >>>>>> HEAD and <<<<<< QA_3_3). I changed this file and
commited again :

fix mistake in merge
Merge branch 'master' of ssh://phpmyadmin.git.sourcefor...

(the last commit happened automaticaly when I did a git pull, before
git push, because Marc had pushed a commit in the meanwhile)

So, I think everything in git is as it should be now. But I guess I
made some mistakes, or there must be a way to avoid these kind of
problems. (4 commits to change 2 lines of code seems a bit too much.
;) )
Everything went well until the merge part, so I wonder how you guys do it.
Is it possible to only merge the changes in the last commit, and
ignore all other files?

Thanks for the help.

Kind regards,

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