Automatic merge fast-forwarded instead of creating a merge commit Edited

We are using automatic branch merging in Bitbucket Server with the following model:

  • release/1.0 merges into
  • release/1.1 merges into
  • master

Topic branches are merged into either release/1.0 or release/1.1. master only differs from release/1.1 by automatic merge commits.

Usually, each merge produces an explicit merge commit.

This morning, I merged a topic branch into release/1.0. I expected this to produce three merge commits: topic-branch into release/1.0, release/1.0 into release/1.1, and release/1.1 into master. Instead of that last commit, master was fast-forwarded to the new tip of release/1.1.

There were no merge conflicts.

What could be causing this behaviour, and how to avoid it in the future?

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