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Undo a merge (and closed branch)

Frank den Heijer
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November 18, 2023

I already have a solution for my question below.

From my local CLI, I performed a push -> the branch was there again. Then, I merged it into the correct branch. I might live a few years less, but it's okay now.


"I have a question about reverting a merged branch that I also closed through the GUI in Bitbucket.

I had three branches:

  • master
  • craft
  • project-name

I merged and closed 'project-name' into 'master.' I didn't do this via a pull request but directly through the branches menu on the left-hand side. I entered the branch itself and clicked the three dots where it says 'merge' in the menu. In the popup window, I clicked the checkbox where it says 'Close source branch.' Then I hit the merge button, and everything merged.

The mistake I made is that I merged it into the wrong branch. I wanted to merge it into the 'craft' branch because 'master' is way behind, and I did not use it anymore. Don't ask me why.

Locally, there aren't any changes yet because I did not perform a pull on the CLI. So everything still works there, but I have messed up my commits.

Is there a way to revert this mistake?"

I'm afraid to cause more damage, so I haven't attempted anything after I noticed my mistake.

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Charlie Misonne
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November 20, 2023

Hi Frank!

On the master branch, do you see 1 single merge commit with all changes from project-name?

If that's the case you can use the git revert command:

It is the cleanest way to do this. You could also merge your local branch to master (becasue you did not pull yet) and perform a force push overwriting everything on master but this is not very safe in my opinion.

To be safe: clone the repostory in another directory on your PC in order to avoid any losses in your other directory where you did not pull yet.

git clone <your repo URL>
git checkout master
git log #this will show you the latest commit. You need to find the commit ID of the merge commit
git revert -m 1 <merge_commit_ID>
git push

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