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git rebase after a pull

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Is it required to do a git pull before doing a git push.and is it required to do a git rebase after git pull just before git push. one of my git repo mandates the above wondering if there is a valid reason for this.

posted Sep 21, 2013 by Bob Wise

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Only if your local changes have diverged. You have to either merge or rebase.
'git pull' by default does a merge, but you can force it to do a rebase: 'git pull --rebase'.

answer Sep 21, 2013 by Jai Prakash
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Earlier while using WINCVS this functionality was achievable using JCVSExport package as we could just checkout a particular branch and fetch the package on to the server location.
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