troubleshooting Question

What is "base-branch?"

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Recently I did a pull request and my team lead came back and said that it looked as though I had based my branch of "master" rather than "code-cleanup."

"master" is three months old. "code-cleanup" is the one that everyone on my team has been merging into.

Thankfully, I was able to verify that I had created my branch / most recent work off of "code-cleanup," but I couldn't understand why my team lead would've thought that my pull request was referring to a branch that was so obviously behind the eight ball.

Here's a few screenshots to give you a visual:

Here's "master." This is the original body of code that we all branched off of as part of our collective effort to clean things up...

master branch
Here's "code-cleanup." This is the branch that has all of our individual efforts represented in one "new" block of code...

This is the branch that I created off of "code-cleanup" that has my most recent changes...

When I made my pull request, this is how it looks - bear with me, because I think I see what changed but I want to understand what changed...

When you double click on that pull request, you see this:

What I have in the "box" looks like some activity that was done on my behalf by a team member. He reassigned my base branch to "code-cleanup" as opposed to "master."

Without even know what that is, intuitively I can see something that explains why my team lead would've thought that I had based my changes off of "master."

But what happened when my associate changed my "base branch."

  • What did that do?
  • How was it done?
  • Is it something I should've done myself?
  • Should my team lead have been able to see what my associate noticed and changed?
  • How do I prevent this from happening in the future?

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