[Biopython-dev] GitHub squash commits?

João Rodrigues j.p.g.l.m.rodrigues at gmail.com
Fri Apr 1 21:32:47 UTC 2016

Hi Peter,

Sure hope it's not an April 1st joke :) I'd be in favor, since it keeps the
story cleaner. I for one dislike the additional merge commit, it's just
polluting the timeline..



2016-04-01 14:23 GMT-07:00 Peter Cock <p.j.a.cock at googlemail.com>:

> Re: https://github.com/blog/2141-squash-your-commits
> My personal preference thus far has been to avoid the "big green merge"
> button on GitHub pull requests, which until now did "git merge --no-ff ..."
> internally in favour of a fast-forward merge where possible, which gives
> a simple linear history.
> I tend also to cherry-pick commits, rebase branches and at times do
> squash commits when merging - again in favour of a simple linear history.
> I always felt this was closest to Biopython's pre-git model of working
> from a stable branch in CVS.
> GitHub's interface now allows this via the web interface with the
> "squash commit".
> How do people feel about making the squash commit the default
> via the web interface? This would still leave full flexibility at the
> command line, but for when merging simple requested in the
> website we'd get a nice linear history :)
> Regards,
> Peter
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