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Git squash commits with example

Git squash commits with example


Squashing commits in Git allows you to combine multiple commits into a single commit. This can be useful when you have made multiple commits that should have been part of a single commit, or if you want to clean up your commit history.

Here’s an example of how to squash commits in Git repository:

  1. Start by checking out the branch that you want to squash commits on: git checkout my-branch
  2. Use the command git log to view the list of commits on the branch. The most recent commit will be at the top.
  3. Use the command git rebase -i HEAD~n, where n is the number of commits from the top that you want to include in the squash. This will open a text editor with a list of the commits.
  4. In the text editor, change the word “pick” at the beginning of each commit that you want to squash to “squash” or “s”
  5. Save and close the text editor.
  6. Git will prompt you to enter a new commit message for the squashed commit.
  7. After entering a new commit message, the squashed commit will be created and the branch will be updated with the new commit.
  8. Finally, use git push -f <remote> <branch> to force push the branch to the remote repository to update the branch with the squashed commits.

Note: Be careful when squashing commits that have been pushed to a remote repository, as it will change the commit history and can cause issues for other collaborators.


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