Removing a random set of git commits from a remote branch
A developer (developer A) on your team commited to a branch you are working off of (
staging in this case), and you did not want the commits on
staging yet, as they were not ready for release. You accidently pulled, merged, and pushed (because you are an idiot and didnt catch it) and now you have polluted the global, remote
How do you remove the series of commits?
The Solution (non-conventional)
First, assuming you are sitting on the polluted
staging branch locally (run
git branch), create a new branch called
old_staging, branching off of
git checkout -b old_staging
Now all the commits your about to blow away are save locally at least. Next, find the last commmit (use
git log on
staging that was not polluted (basically the last commit before developer A’s commits). Use that git hash to reset HEAD
git reset --hard <LAST GOOD HASH>
Now, blow away his changes, but make sure he knows you’re doing it so he can save them locally also.
git push -f
Now your remote is no longer polluted, but any changes you made since
Finally, push your changes up to remote
Boom - you’ve solved your problem, in a somewhat non-conventional way.
Disclaimer: you might only want to do this if:
- Your team is very small
- You own the company