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Only You Can Prevent git Merge Commits

a set of merge commits

I love using Git, but when my repositories turn into a tangle of merge commits, I start to get a little frustrated. Here’s my solution. Go into your repo’s .git/config file and make sure it has something like the following:

[branch "master"]
  remote = origin
  merge = refs/heads/master
  rebase = true

Now, when you run git pull, it’ll rebase your local commits on top of the newly pulled-down commits instead of trying to merge them. Even better, try putting this in your global ~/.gitconfig file:

[branch]  
  autosetuprebase = always

With this change, all tracked branches from then on will be set up to rebase instead of merge.


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