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Why bother with "git hygiene"?

Jonathan Hall
The Tiny DevOps Guy ⋄ I help small teams get the most out of DevOps
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I’m a big fan of meaningful commit messages.

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Date: Thu Feb 11 10:35:34 2021 +0100


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just doesn’t cut it.

I’m also a big fan of git rebase instead of git merge, fixup and ammend, and a whole host of other git tricks to keep my git history pristine and readable.

But why?

I rarely find myself doing git archeaology, so why fuss with all this?

— Maybe you. Probably someone you work with.

My response:

I rarely find myself in an automobile accident, so why bother wearing a seat belt?

When you do need it, a clean git history, like a seatbelt, is a lifesaver (although perhaps less literally).

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