Fix a not too risky mess 2010-01-09

First of all, what I describe in this post was done in a concrete non critical situation. This worked fine for me but you should be careful.

What I needed to fix was just a typo and I didn't want to add another commit to my repository just to change one character, so I looked for a possible solution and I used a reduced version consisting of the following steps:

  1. Edit the files and make the correction. That is in case you want to fix your last commit. If you have more recent commits you will have to previously use git rebase as explained in the post linked earlier.
  2. Run git commit --amend and save the file. At this point the commit is fixed up.
  3. Once my local repository was as I wanted it to be I found that I could not push to the public repository. Then was when I reached the risky part. I did what is not recommended in this comment:

     $ git push origin +master:master
    

    Note: I guess this command is just a shortcut for git push -f origin master

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