You’ve discovered a bug or something else you want to change in matplotlib .. — excellent!
You’ve worked out a way to fix it — even better!
You want to tell us about it — best of all!
masterbranch clean of edits that have not been merged to the main matplotlib development repo. Your
masterthen will follow the main matplotlib repository.
masterbranch or maintenance tracking branches into your feature branch. If you need to include commits from upstream branches (either to pick up a bug fix or to resolve a conflict) please rebase your branch on the upstream branch.
This way of working really helps to keep work well organized, and in keeping history as clear as possible.
See — for example — linux git workflow.
git checkout -b my-new-feature master
This will create and immediately check out a feature branch based on
master. To create a feature branch based on a maintenance branch,
git fetch origin git checkout -b my-new-feature origin/v1.0.x
Generally, you will want to keep this also on your public github fork
of matplotlib. To do this, you git push this new branch up to your github
repo. Generally (if you followed the instructions in these pages, and
by default), git will have a link to your github repo, called
origin. You push up to your own repo on github with:
git push origin my-new-feature
You will need to use this exact command, rather than simply
push every time you want to push changes on your feature branch to
your github repo. However, in git >1.7 you can set up a link by
git push --set-upstream origin my-new-feature
and then next time you need to push changes to your branch a simple
git push will suffice. Note that
git push pushes out all
branches that are linked to a remote branch.
# hack hack git add my_new_file git commit -am 'NF - some message' git push
Make some changes
See which files have changed with
git status (see git status).
You’ll see a listing like this one:
# On branch ny-new-feature # Changed but not updated: # (use "git add <file>..." to update what will be committed) # (use "git checkout -- <file>..." to discard changes in working directory) # # modified: README # # Untracked files: # (use "git add <file>..." to include in what will be committed) # # INSTALL no changes added to commit (use "git add" and/or "git commit -a")
Check what the actual changes are with
git diff (git diff).
Add any new files to version control
git add new_file_name (see
To commit all modified files into the local copy of your repo,, do
git commit -am 'A commit message'. Note the
-am options to
m flag just signals that you’re going to type a
message on the command line. The
a flag — you can just take on
faith — or see why the -a flag? — and the helpful use-case
description in the tangled working copy problem. The git commit manual
page might also be useful.
To push the changes up to your forked repo on github, do a
It’s a good idea to consult the Pull request checklist to make sure your pull request is ready for merging.
This updates your working copy from the upstream matplotlib github repo.
# go to your master branch git checkout master # pull changes from github git fetch upstream # merge from upstream git merge --ff-only upstream/master
We suggest that you do this only for your
master branch, and leave
your ‘feature’ branches unmerged, to keep their history as clean as
possible. This makes code review easier:
git checkout master
Make sure you have done Linking your repository to the upstream repo.
Merge the upstream code into your current development by first pulling the upstream repo to a copy on your local machine:
git fetch upstream
then merging into your current branch:
git merge --ff-only upstream/master
--ff-only option guarantees that if you have mistakenly
committed code on your
master branch, the merge fails at this point.
If you were to merge
upstream/master to your
would start to diverge from the upstream. If this command fails, see
the section on accidents.
The letters ‘ff’ in
--ff-only mean ‘fast forward’, which is a
special case of merge where git can simply update your branch to point
to the other branch and not do any actual merging of files. For
master and other integration branches this is exactly what you
Some people like to keep separate local branches corresponding to the
maintenance branches on github. At the time of this writing,
is the active maintenance branch. If you have such a local branch,
treat is just as
master: don’t commit on it, and before starting
new branches off of it, update it from upstream:
git checkout v1.0.x git fetch upstream git merge --ff-only upstream/v1.0.x
But you don’t necessarily have to have such a branch. Instead, if you are preparing a bugfix that applies to the maintenance branch, fetch from upstream and base your bugfix on the remote branch:
git fetch upstream git checkout -b my-bug-fix upstream/v1.0.x
If you have accidentally committed changes on
git merge --ff-only fails, don’t panic! First find out how much
you have diverged:
git diff upstream/master...master
If you find that you want simply to get rid of the changes, reset
master branch to the upstream version:
git reset --hard upstream/master
As you might surmise from the words ‘reset’ and ‘hard’, this command actually causes your changes to the current branch to be lost, so think twice.
If, on the other hand, you find that you want to preserve the changes, create a feature branch for them:
git checkout -b my-important-changes
my-important-changes points to the branch that has your
changes, and you can safely reset
master as above — but
make sure to reset the correct branch:
git checkout master git reset --hard upstream/master
git checkout master # delete branch locally git branch -D my-unwanted-branch # delete branch on github git push origin :my-unwanted-branch
Note the colon
my-unwanted-branch. See also: