mcw0933 mcw0933 - 15 days ago 6
Git Question

How do I use Git's interactive rebase with a local-only repository (no remote / origin)?

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
though, I get the following:

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


It seems like git doesn't expect you to use interactive rebase without an upstream remote? How do I do that?

Answer

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>