Manually Landing PRs
Landing an ICU commit manually
for ICU core developers only
influenced by the procedure in Node.JS’s COLLABORATOR_GUIDE
You want to land a contribution to ICU. It's not by a team member. Given ICU's rebase-and-merge policy, the commits need to be formatted properly. You could ask the PR author to reformat their commits, and then use the Big Green Button. Otherwise, read on…
Note: Steven recorded a screen capture of this process, at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3E2TZjTXgU8
The screen capture covers many of the steps here, except that the final push is blocked by branch settings (see below).
Send an email to the ICU core list announcing that you are going to perform this task. Ensure that you have appropriate consensus before proceeding.
Note that we assume upstream is the master fork of ICU.
Be sure the commit-checker is installed and functional.
Ensure CI builds are clean
check review status
Make sure you aren’t in the middle of anything (uncommitted files, etc.)
Clear any am/rebase that may already be underway:
Checkout proper target branch:
Update your tree:
Apply patches from the PR
Apply external patches, cleaning up trailing whitespace. Replace 99999 with the PR #.
If there is a merge conflict you can try one of these options:
OPTION A: Reset with git am --abort and then try a 3-way merge with the curl -L https://github.com/unicode-org/icu/pull/99999.patch | git am --whitespace=fix -3
OPTION B: fix the merge yourself
OPTION C: contact the PR author and ask them to rebase.
At this point, verify the commit(s):
Diff to see the actual contents, that they are as expected:
If in doubt, or At any step below, especially after a rebase, you can run ICU's tests locally.
Here's where you can squash commits (if need be) and edit any commit messages. --autosquash will attempt to squash any commits as requested by the author. (Note: I recommend a tool such as interactive-rebase-tool for the best git-rebase experience.)
Change any lines from pick to reword if you need to change the commit message.
To squash commits together, change lines from pick to squash. (You can't squash the first commit, leave that one as reword or pick.)
Save and quit the editor
Now you will get another editor for each commit you are editing.
Make sure the 1st line has this form, where there's a space after the number:
ICU-00000 Some fix…
Make sure the 2nd line is blank
Break up long lines
Change the text to match conventions, and save and quit.
Check to see that the updated commits are as expected. Note that the original author's name is preserved, but the commit hash has changed.
If the automated check fails, or you don't like the results, you can always run git rebase -i again to reword a commit.
Double check that no steps were skipped..
You will need to disable branch protection, see https://help.github.com/en/articles/enabling-required-status-checks (you must be a repository administrator to be able to do this.)
It may be sufficient to disable the "Include administrators" button, to keep protection for most users of the branch.
Now you are ready to land this plane with git push
Remember to turn the branch protection back on when you are done!
If someone else landed a commit while you were doing all of this, you will get a rejected… fetch first message from git.
DO NOT RUN git pull HERE!!
If you run git pull you will create a merge commit. And you really don't want to do that.
Run git pull upstream master --rebase to rebase your local master
Go back to Verify to check the state of your local master.
You should then be able to push to master.
Mark as closed
Close the PR with a message such as Landed in 95526ca301fa9951a6b4bcc04b52431d423ccdc4
Help, I'm stuck in a rebase!
I run some of these when I get stuck in a rebase. This will destroy any local work in your work tree, and get you back to a clean state.