Git Workflow - An Update

Now that Drupal have moved from CVS to the git versioning system, I realised that my github workflow can get even more of a workout and is doubly useful to me as I can now use it for Drupal contributions as well. The previous workflow is here: Github Workflow.

There are only a couple of differences between using Drupal's git and github.

  1. The url I will be cloning from and pushing to
  2. The fact that I more often that not be creating a patch to provide the issue queue.

Obviously this means that workflow will have to change slightly, so I'll do a new one here just for Drupal patches.

Step 0: Get the project information from
Go to the project ( you are planning on making a patch for and take a note of a couple of things. Right underneath the page title which should be the project name, you will find a link that says Git instructions follow that and then choose the version of the project you wil be updating. It should look similar to 7.x-1.x. That will update the page and give you your clone url.
Step 1. Setting up a local copy of the project (Do this first time only)
git clone --branch [version][project_name].git
Step 1a. If there is a branch saved to github - now redundant as the branch gets pulled and tracked during the clone
Step 2. Ensuring you have the latest code changes (Usual starting point)
git branch -a
git checkout [version]
git pull
Step 3. Create a safe place to work locally
git branch [local_branchName] - seem to be recommending that you use the issue number and a short description
Step 4. Move to the safe haven
git checkout [local_branchName]
Step 3&4 Combined. You can now combine steps 3&4 into one quicker step
git checkout -b [issue-number]-[short description]
Step 5. Do some work
Step 6. Log any new files created
git add .
Step 7. Log any changes to existing files
git commit -am "[Your comments]"
Again Drupal has some recommendations about comment formatting. It should be: "Issue #[issue number] by [comma-separated usernames]: [Short summary of the change]."
Step 8. Flip into the branch for the version you are working to
git checkout [version]
Step 9. Check the master records are up to date
git pull
git checkout [local_branchName]
Step 8&9 combined. Another different step to the original article that replaces the last 2 steps
git fetch origin
git rebase origin/[version]
Step 10. Do this only if new changes have been pulled through otherwise skip to Step 14.
Step 11. Bring the new changes into your local safe haven
git merge [version]
Step 12. Only If git reports any conflicts do this
git mergetool
git commit -am "[A new comment]"
Step 13. Go back to Step 8.
Step 14. It's at this point things get very different. For Drupal I will be mostly creating patches which I will then upload to
git diff origin/[version] > [description]-[issue-number]-[comment-number].patch
Step 15. Upload to the issue queue and mark the issue as "needs review"
Step 16. Remove your temporary workspace
git checkout [version]
git branch -d [local_branchName]


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