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SubjectRe: Announce: Linux-next (Or Andrew's dream :-))

On Tue, 12 Feb 2008, Linus Torvalds wrote:
> git rebase --onto $new $old

..and in case it wasn't clear - this is just a general way of saying "move
the commits on this branch since $old to be based on top of $new" instead.

You can pick out those old/new commit ID's using gitk or whatever if you
wish. Neither the $new or the $old needs to even be an existing branch -
just pick them with gitk.

So if you literally want to just move the top 5 commits (assuming those
top five cmmits are just a nice linear thing you did) from the current
branch to be on top on another branch instead, you can literally do this:

# save this state, maybe we want to keep it around. Call it "old"
git branch old-branch

# rebase the top five commits onto $target
git rebase --onto $target HEAD~5

ta-daa - all done. The branch you are on will now have been rewritten to
be the top five commits moved to be on top of the $target you chose, and
if you want to get back the old state, it's nicely squirrelled away in

(That obviously assumes no merge conflicts - you'll have to resolve those
yourself ;)

Of course, if you didn't even want to save the old branch, just skip the
first step. If you have reflogs enabled (and git does that by default in
any half-way recent version), you can always find it again, even without
having to do "git fsck --lost-found", at least as long as you don't delete
that branch, and it hasn't gotten pruned away (kept around for the next 90
days by default, iirc)


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