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authorJ. Bruce Fields <>2007-11-26 00:01:57 (GMT)
committerJ. Bruce Fields <>2007-11-26 00:01:57 (GMT)
commit7cb192eab0251911e2ca77d4ecceb621dd2d34f5 (patch)
tree364b199c92dba4e3f64920ffd364c13b211c73f2 /Documentation/user-manual.txt
parent81eb417ad423ef7e8d088d517f89d3bda92f9c06 (diff)
user-manual: clarify language about "modifying" old commits
It's important to remember that git doesn't really allowing "editing" or "modifying" commits, only replacing them by new commits. Redo some of the language to make this clearer. Signed-off-by: J. Bruce Fields <>
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diff --git a/Documentation/user-manual.txt b/Documentation/user-manual.txt
index 547c936..7fd3791 100644
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+++ b/Documentation/user-manual.txt
@@ -1416,8 +1416,8 @@ with the changes to be reverted, then you will be asked to fix
conflicts manually, just as in the case of <<resolving-a-merge,
resolving a merge>>.
-Fixing a mistake by editing history
+Fixing a mistake by rewriting history
If the problematic commit is the most recent commit, and you have not
@@ -1440,7 +1440,7 @@ Again, you should never do this to a commit that may already have
been merged into another branch; use gitlink:git-revert[1] instead in
that case.
-It is also possible to edit commits further back in the history, but
+It is also possible to replace commits further back in the history, but
this is an advanced topic to be left for
<<cleaning-up-history,another chapter>>.
@@ -1977,7 +1977,7 @@ This can happen, for example, if you:
- use `git reset --hard` to remove already-published commits, or
- use `git commit --amend` to replace already-published commits
- (as in <<fixing-a-mistake-by-editing-history>>), or
+ (as in <<fixing-a-mistake-by-rewriting-history>>), or
- use `git rebase` to rebase any already-published commits (as
in <<using-git-rebase>>).
@@ -2472,11 +2472,11 @@ return mywork to the state it had before you started the rebase:
$ git rebase --abort
-Modifying a single commit
+Rewriting a single commit
-We saw in <<fixing-a-mistake-by-editing-history>> that you can replace the
+We saw in <<fixing-a-mistake-by-rewriting-history>> that you can replace the
most recent commit using
@@ -2486,8 +2486,10 @@ $ git commit --amend
which will replace the old commit by a new commit incorporating your
changes, giving you a chance to edit the old commit message first.
-You can also use a combination of this and gitlink:git-rebase[1] to edit
-commits further back in your history. First, tag the problematic commit with
+You can also use a combination of this and gitlink:git-rebase[1] to
+replace a commit further back in your history and recreate the
+intervening changes on top of it. First, tag the problematic commit
$ git tag bad mywork~5