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Why was the --ff-only --squash option removed from PRs?

samar September 3, 2023

As you can see in this official guide from

at one point this was an option. Now there are only three available, --no-ff, --ff-only, and --squash. I saw some similar discussion about it from a year ago, and that it's something that they want to introduce... but it was already there. Why was this removed? And seriously, how hard could it be to add another option?

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Theodora Boudale
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September 5, 2023

Hi @samar,

I'm afraid that the merge strategy --squash --ff-only was never available in Bitbucket Cloud. The documentation you posted is for Bitbucket Server. The two products have a different source code base and some features (like the merge strategies) are different. The merge strategies for Bitbucket Cloud are documented here:

We have an open feature request in our issue tracker for adding this merge strategy:

You can add your vote there (by selecting the Vote for this issue link) as the number of votes helps our product managers better understand the demand for new features. You are more than welcome to leave any feedback, and you can also add yourself as a watcher (by selecting the Start watching this issue link) if you'd like to get notified via email on updates.

Implementation of new features is done as per our policy here and any updates will be posted in the feature request.

Kind regards,

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