merge with no changes?

Parth Malwankar parth.malwankar at
Fri Jun 26 11:10:46 BST 2009

On Thu, Jun 25, 2009 at 8:59 PM, Neil Martinsen-Burrell<nmb at> wrote:
> Parth Malwankar wrote:
>> While working on some branches which I merge frequently
>> I observed that a merge happens even that there are no
>> (visible?) changes.
>> So for example, I could merge A->B and B->A forever
>> as the merge _always_ happens. I was wondering if this
>> is expected behavior or there is something I need to better
>> understand here.
> A merge creates a new revision whose parents are the tip of the current
> branch and the tip of the other branch.  When you merge repeatedly like
> this, you continue making new revisions with each commit which then need to
> be merged to the other branch.  I believe the graph would look something
> like this
> A   "Initial"
> |\
> B | "Added x"
> |\|
> | C "Merge from bar"
> |/|
> D | "Merge from foo"
> |\|
> | E "Merge from bar"
> and so on.  Using ``bzr qlog`` from the qbzr plugin should show you this
> structure of revisions.
> -Neil

Thanks Neil. Just tried the qbzr plugin. It does help visualize
this better. I think I understand bzr behavior better now.

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