Branching in cvs was always a bit of a black art to me. I always had to plan in advance, think twice and generally breathe heavily before I attempted to create a branch. The workflow would be
- Check out a fresh copy of the code
- cvs tag -b mybranch
And then continue using that copy for your branch-specific changes. So the tag was the branch... or something like that. Anyway, you maintain a different tree for your HEAD too and will have to generally go through a lot of pain to merge patches from HEAD to branch or vice versa.
Now here's how you branch in git:
git branch mybranch
Yes, that is it. You have created a branch. Congratulations! Oh ok, you want to work on it?
git checkout mybranch
Do your foo and generally have fun with that branch. Oops, look! A patch that needs to go into HEAD:
git checkout master
And go ahead and apply your patch into HEAD. Time to push all the stuff into your public repository?
git push --all
And watch everything, including your branch changes get pushed seamlessly.
I'll say it again, this is one tool that seriously fits me like a glove. Simply awesome! The one thing left is now the merge back of the branches. I won't get there for another few weeks I guess, but from the docs, it seems as simple as:
git merge mybranch
I just did a merge now to see what git can do. I made some changes in master and decided to merge those changes into my new xmpp branch just for kicks. I have to admit that the merge did not have any conflicts, but here's how it went:
[siddhesh@spoyarek ayttm]$ git checkout xmpp Switched to branch 'xmpp' [siddhesh@spoyarek ayttm]$ git merge master Merge made by recursive. libproxy/proxy.c | 41 ++++++++---------------------- modules/aim-oscar/aim-oscar.c | 7 +--- modules/aycryption/select-keys.c | 2 +- modules/importers/import_gnomeicu.c | 1 - modules/importers/importicq.c | 4 +-- modules/importers/importlicq.c | 1 - modules/irc/irc.c | 12 ++++---- modules/irc/libirc/irc_message.c | 4 +- modules/irc/libirc/libirc.c | 10 +++--- modules/irc/libirc/libirc.h | 2 - modules/utility/autotrans.c | 4 +- modules/utility/rainbow.c | 4 +- modules/yahoo2/libyahoo2/libyahoo2.c | 4 +-- modules/yahoo2/libyahoo2/yahoo_httplib.c | 2 +- modules/yahoo2/yahoo.c | 16 +---------- src/add_contact_window.c | 6 +++- src/edit_local_accounts.c | 4 +- src/file_select.c | 1 - src/main.c | 4 +-- src/message_parse.c | 3 -- src/service.c | 2 +- src/smileys.c | 2 +- src/smileys.h | 12 ++++---- src/sound.c | 6 +++- src/speech.c | 2 +- src/status.c | 5 --- src/trigger.c | 3 -- 27 files changed, 56 insertions(+), 108 deletions(-)