Working on fork and upstream
20 Nov 2016
When you fork a repo, Github makes your own copy of the project.
If you forked Rails in 2014, your fork is now 2 years outdated
unless you synced it with the original repo (called upstream).
In this post, I’ll show the efficient way to sync your fork with the upstream.
When I clone my fork, I create two upstreams: for my fork and for the upstream (original repo).
$ git clone email@example.com:kirs/rails.git
$ cd rails
# create remote for the original repo
$ git remote add upstream firstname.lastname@example.org:rails/rails.git
And then comes my awesome script that updates my fork:
# set bash to strict mode
# make sure we're on master
git checkout master
# pull original repo
git fetch upstream
# sync your master with upstream master and force push
git reset --hard upstream/master
git push origin master --force
I put that script to
~/.bin added to my
Now I can call
sync-upstream from any directory.
I have two usecases to use the script:
1) When my PR was merged and I’d like to get a fresh
master that includes my changes
2) When I haven’t been working on the project for a while and I want to make sure that I don’t sent new PR
based on the old codebase.