How to Drop Commits in Git
Even though it is not recommended to rewrite history in Git, it can be useful to drop certain commits from a pull request. The easiest way I’ve found to achieve this is with
git rebase. To look back at the last 5 commits
git rebase -i HEAD~5
This will produce a view like the following:
pick bda8e1d Follow better coding standards pick ed62936 Bad Commit pick 5b89e82 Refactoring to make more sense pick 2941129 Delete Everything pick 04d6558 New Feature
You can then change the commits you want to remove from
pick bda8e1d Follow better coding standards drop ed62936 Bad Commit pick 5b89e82 Refactoring to make more sense drop 2941129 Delete Everything pick 04d6558 New Feature
Once you exit out, the two commits will be dropped.
Instead of analyzing the last 5 commits, you can also analyze the commits made after branching out. Let’s say we’re on a feature branch based on the
git rebase -i development
From there you would get the same
pick/drop screen as before.