For the past several months, I’ve been using a nice feature that I’ve recently found out that many others don’t know about, so thought I’d draft it up.1
You have an issue in Github, so you do some work, then you issue a pull request to fix that issue. In Github, that means you actually have two issues in your issue list, the original issue, and the pull request. Well, did you know that you can easily turn the issue into a pull request? And it’s easy.
Assume I ‘cucumber’ branch, cleaning up the ‘we’re in a pickle!’ issue, which happens to be issue #39. It’s easy to turn “issue 39″ into “pull request 39″ by doing
git checkout -b fix-the-pickle-issue git commit -m "Make some changes" git push origin fix-the-pickle-issue git pull-request -i 39 -b cucumber -h fix-the-pickle-issue
If you’re working on different accounts/origins, you can use fully referenced names:
git checkout -b fix-the-pickle-issue git commit -m "Make some changes" git push origin fix-the-pickle-issue git pull-request -i 39 -b johnmetta:cucumber -h mettadore:fix-the-pickle-issue
The pull request is created on Github, and automatically linked to the issue, turning it from “issue 39″ to “pull request 39″. Of course, you can always close the pull request from the commandline by merging
git checkout cucumber git merge pull-test git commit -m "merge" git push
The pull request is then closed on Github.