juliet juliet - 3 months ago 19
Git Question

How can I add a specific folder when using git subtree?

I have a complicated Ionic project I'm developing. Many of the components and providers I'm developing are generic and can be used in other projects my company is doing. This is common in software development. This is the Git workflow I have come up with (this graph shows branches):

my-company-library-repo ----
|_ component 1 feature branch
|_ company component 1 feature branch testbed
|_ component 2 feature branch

The final component code (just a
file) developed in the testbed is pushed to component feature branch. The testbed code stays in the testbed branch. Also in the feature branch goes any docs that might accompany the component.

Now in the application repo I add the feature branch as a subtree using this command:

git subtree add -P <destination-dir/feature> --squash <my-company-library-repo-url> <feature-branch-name>

And that gave me the following (this graph shows folder structure):

|_ company-library-feature-subtree

This should only contain the
and it's docs in it's subfolder. I get this only to work part way. When it pulls the subtree, it does only pull the component and it's doc files, but the files get pulled into a very long list of sub-directories like this:


This makes it hard to use the library because the files are put so many directories (unused directories) deep.

So, when I push my 2 files from the feature-testbed branch to the feature branch, how can I not pull that whole directory structure with them?


I researched Scott Weldon's solution. It would work, but it seems git subtree splits the said directory into its own repo. At least that's what I gleaned from reading man pages and books and what not. (If I'm wrong, which may well be the case, please let me know.) That's not what I wanted to do.

I did, however, find the solution to my problem. Here's what I did using the Git Subtree Merge Strategy (instead of the GIT SUBTREE command) in my project:

$ git remote add my-library <my-library-url>
$ git fetch my-library
$ git checkout -b my-library-branch my-library/master
$ git checkout master
$ git read-tree --prefix=<desired/library/dir> -u my-library-branch
$ git commit -m "Merged library project as subdirectory"
$ git push

This worked great. I have my library in a reasonable subfolder. Admittedly, I have to take the whole library, not just a chunk like a custom component or provider, but that's OK in this case.