FAQThursday, June 25, 2015 5:15 AM
Two or more developers working on the same feature
It is pretty common that more than one developer is working on the same feature. It is no problem to work on the same
feature but you should integrate continuously and therefore commit and push changes frequently and pull from remote. Therefore merge conflicts are detected early and are easier to resolve. A better and much more solid way is to wort with sub-branches for each developer of your
feature brancht that will be merged back every once in a while.
A new version is released with an unfinished feature
This is a solid indicator that you didn't respect the rule of just merging features back to
develop only if the work on that is finished.
A feature doesn't work when merging it back to develop
If other developer worked on features and finished them before you finished your feature the
develop branch will be more up to date then the version you branched off when creating your version. Git won't allow you to merge your feature to
develop without merging
develop into your feature branch anyways, but it is super important, that you are testing your feature after merging the most up to date version of
develop and before merging your feature back to
When merging I get conflicts
Conflicts are not a bad thing, they are just annoiying but they happen from time to time and are totally natural when collaborating with other developers. Conflicts prevent you from overwriting others code or get your own code overwritten.
To solve such conflicts you probably need to use a so called merge tool. Soucetree perfectly integrates with a lot of merge tools, a free and quite proper solutions is P4Merge.
To avoid conflicts be sure to commit and push your changes and pull changes from others as frequently as possible and not at the end of your work.
When I perform a merge, I get conflicts
Remember that to be able to merge without conflicts, the branches to be merged must have the same status origin. This means that the same file should not change in different branches at the same time.
Nevertheless, to have such a problem is more often than desired because most of times, more than one developer modifies the same file in different branches.
The most effective way to solve this is top manually resolve the conflict, selecting the chunks of code that must be present in the final commit.
However, we can minimize the impact of this if we are always sure that the branch to merge contains the latest changes from the branch that this one is going to be merged to (if merging A into B, be sure that A contains also the changes from B).