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Git commands for contributors

While we're mostly used to working with source control, working with a fork and making sure we can merge swiftly brings some additional challenges. This page aims to help you out with the things you might get asked to do, but may be outside of your comfort zone.

Sit back, relax and bring your towel.

I didn't stick to the conventional commit guidelines#

I only have 1 commit#

To reword the last commit, we can make use of git's --amend switch to add something to our latest commit (code, changes, rewording). Use the following comands to rephrase the last commit and get that change merged!

git commit --amend -m "feat: better worded feature"`
git push --force

I added more than commit#

If all of your commits need to go to main because it makes sense to treat these as atomic units, you can use git's interactive rebase functionality to reword any commit between main and your HEAD. To start an interactive rebase, type git rebase -i main.

This will open your $EDITOR and you can mark the commits you want to reword with reword (or r) rather than pick. Exiting that file will start the rebase and spwan your $EDITOR to alter the commit message for each commit you marked as reword.

Once done, use git push --force to bring the changes to the pull request.


The latest version of vscode has a built-in gui to help you select reword or any other action on a commit. Select the right ones and press Start Rebase to continue.