An alternative to doing a merge is to do a rebase which updates the local repository changes to be based on the sequence of updates from the remote repository. Hence it is rebased!
That is, a fetch:
- o - o - o - H - A - B - C (main) \ P - Q - R (origin/main)
- o - o - o - H - A - B - C - X (main) \ / P - Q - R --- (origin/main)
- o - o - o - H - P - Q - R - A' - B' - C' (main) | (origin/main)
C’ and X should be identical. The history will look different.
A merge is probably better than a rebase in the case where someone else has pulled from your main branch.
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