Posted By: Anonymous
Within my master branch, I did a
git merge some-other-branch locally, but never pushed the changes to origin master. I didn’t mean to merge, so I’d like to undo it. When doing a
git status after my merge, I was getting this message:
# On branch master # Your branch is ahead of 'origin/master' by 4 commits.
Based upon some instructions I found, I tried running
git revert HEAD -m 1
but now I’m getting this message with
# On branch master # Your branch is ahead of 'origin/master' by 5 commits.
I don’t want my branch to be ahead by any number of commits. How do I get back to that point?
git reflog check which commit is one prior the merge (
git reflog will be a better option than
git log). Then you can reset it using:
git reset --hard commit_sha
There’s also another way:
git reset --hard HEAD~1
It will get you back 1 commit.
Be aware that any modified and uncommitted/unstashed files will be reset to their unmodified state. To keep them either stash changes away or see
--merge option below.
As @Velmont suggested below in his answer, in this direct case using:
git reset --hard ORIG_HEAD
might yield better results, as it should preserve your changes.
ORIG_HEAD will point to a commit directly before merge has occurred, so you don’t have to hunt for it yourself.
A further tip is to use the
--merge switch instead of
--hard since it doesn’t reset files unnecessarily:
git reset --merge ORIG_HEAD
Resets the index and updates the files in the working tree that are different between <commit> and HEAD, but keeps those which are different between the index and working tree (i.e. which have changes which have not been added).