I use git as a local source control system mostly for history and diff tracking. I still want to use rebase to do fixup / squash on WIP commits that I will make periodically. When I try to do
git rebase -i
There is no tracking information for the current branch.
Please specify which branch you want to rebase against.
See git-rebase(1) for details
git rebase <branch>
If you wish to set tracking information for this branch you can do so with:
git branch --set-upstream-to=<remote>/<branch> MyBranch
git rebase -i in shorthand, without specifying a destination branch, will make git assume that you are trying to rebase against a remote branch tracked by your branch. That's why the error message is mentioning stuff about remotes.
When you do specify a target, git will rebase against that commit-ish:
git rebase -i <commit-ish>