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From: Johannes Sixt <>
To: rupert THURNER <>
Cc: Git Mailing List <>
Subject: Re: configure remote/local as mine/theirs
Date: Sat, 11 Apr 2020 23:40:16 +0200	[thread overview]
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In-Reply-To: <>

Am 11.04.20 um 14:51 schrieb rupert THURNER:
> the git documentation is so clear withcalling changes "mine" or
> "theirs". when configuring a mergetool e.g. kdiff3, and doing a
> rebase, these names are not used. instead it is "local", which
> is theirs in the rebase case, and remote, which is mine. not
> that this is rocket science, and i understand the technical
> reason why the names are like this. but anyway i get a nod in
> my brain about it sometimes. can i somehow configure git so it
> would use "mine" and "theirs" only?

The words "mine" (actually "ours") and "theirs" have a very precise
meaning in Git. If you were to use these meanings during a rebase, you
would not like the result: it would call "ours" what you intend to call
"theirs", and vice versa.

Consider this history:

--a--b--c--d   <-- upstream ("theirs" from your point of view)
    x--y--z    <-- branch to rebase ("mine/ours" from your POV)

During a rebase, Git is "positioned" on the history following commit d,
i.e. on "their" branch. Then it cherry-picks commits x, y, and z. In
that situation, the change that you consider "theirs" is actually "ours"
from Git's point of view, and your own change (those introduced by x, y,
and z) are "theirs" from Git's point of view.

I suggest you live with "local" and "remote" for a bit less confusion.

-- Hannes

  reply	other threads:[~2020-04-11 21:42 UTC|newest]

Thread overview: 4+ messages / expand[flat|nested]  mbox.gz  Atom feed  top
2020-04-11 12:51 configure remote/local as mine/theirs rupert THURNER
2020-04-11 21:40 ` Johannes Sixt [this message]
2020-04-12 10:12   ` Philip Oakley
2020-04-13 10:53     ` rupert THURNER

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