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  • Once you throw away information, you can't get it back. Put the beautiful commit message into the merge commit if you must have it; I never find myself bothering. The "clutter" you mention is really a non-issue; git has powerful tools to browse/search history.

    • If you are like me, your topic branches are always rebased onto master frequently, and so when you merge into master you get a "fast-forward" commit: master (the pointer to the trunk of your tree) just suddenly points to the same commit as the branch you merged, and no new commit object is created.

      This can be a little bit annoying, because there is no way to tell that the last $N commits were all merged from a branch and belong together as a set, and that the real previous state of your trunk (for certain p

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  • squash only commits that should have been a single commit in the first place.

    pick deadbee add frobnitzers to lib/*.pm
    pick fab4cab switch tests to new scheme
    pick b00b135 oops, forgot files in lib/ subdirs

    pick deadbee add frobnitzers to lib/*.pm
    s b00b135 oops, forgot files in lib/ subdirs
    pick fab4cab switch tests to new scheme

  • What daxim said.

    Also, another option is, if no one else has worked on the branch but you, you could rebase it onto master to linearise the history, making it easier to read.

    But don’t squash entire branches in order to merge them. Focussed commits are easier to understand. They are also far more useful to git bisect.

    If you feel the need for good merge commit messages, just write them yourself, as hdp said.