[development] git main branch - how to use it, or not use it

Randy Fay randy at randyfay.com
Wed Mar 2 14:23:25 UTC 2011

You seem to be talking about the default 'master' branch.

In general, we recommend not using a 'master' branch any more.

For a release branch (one that can have a dev release following it), use a
branch name like 7.x-1.x

For a topic branch, you can use any name you want, but it's often good to
use a naming convention.

For local topic branches I use something like [description]_[issue] or
[description]_[issue]/[comment_number]. So for example,
fix_broken_headers_99394 or fix_broken_headers_99394/22.

For topic branches that you will push up, you may want to use a username on
the front in some cases, to point out who the "owner" is. Then a branch
could be named like


I did a recent screencast about pushing and deleting topic branches,
http://randyfay.com/node/96, that might be useful.


On Tue, Mar 1, 2011 at 12:25 PM, Arlin Sandbulte
<arlinsandbulte at gmail.com>wrote:

> There is a lot of discussion and ideas about git work flows right now.
> It will probably take some time for best practices to evolve and gain
> acceptance on d.o
> Regarding the main branch, others have said it seems pretty useless when a
> release (dev in particular) cannot be attached to it anyway.
> I think the only thing 'special' about main is that it is the default
> checked out branch when cloning a repository.
> So, what to do with it...
> I like the way the rules project seems to be handling it:
> Just have a readme on the main branch noting that all files are located on
> other branches and all work should be done there.  (Even though this might
> be a carryover from the good ole CVS days.)
> Any other suggestions or words of wisdom?

Randy Fay
Drupal Module and Site Development
randy at randyfay.com
+1  970.462.7450
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