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Edit the branch order in a stack
Learn how to edit the branch order in a stack using Graphite CLI commands.

You should be familiar with how to:

The Graphite CLI allows you to modify the dependencies of any of your branches often with just a single command.

gt move rebases the current branch and all of its recursive children (anything upstack of the current branch) onto a branch of your choice.

Terminal
# check out the branch you wish to uproot (no pun intended)
gt checkout second_branch
# run gt move with no arguments to open an interactive picker
gt move

Output of the previous commands:

Terminal
? Choose a new base for second_branch (autocomplete or arrow keys)
◯ another_first_branch
❯ │ ◯ first_branch
◯─┘ main

You can also run gt move --onto <BRANCH_NAME> if you already know the branch name of your current branch's new parent. After successfully running gt move --onto with main, you should see the following output (given that there are no merge conflicts)

Terminal
Restacked some_branch_mid_stack on main.
Restacked next_branch on some_branch_mid_stack.

If you've created a stack of several branches and want to open an editor to do an interactive re-ordering of branches, you can use gt reorder. gt reorder opens an editor that allows you to manually copy and paste branch names into different orders. The editor will only show the branch you currently have checked out, as well as anything downstack (ancestors) of it.

Terminal
# check out the branch
gt branch checkout some_branch_mid_stack
# reorder downstack branches
gt reorder

Output of the previous commands (in a vim editor):

Terminal
third_branch
second_branch
first_branch
# main (trunk, shown for orientation)
#
# Stack will be rearranged on trunk to match the above order.
~
~
~
~

You can shuffle, add, and delete branches as necessary to produce a stack that has the dependencies you desire. For example, deleting second_branch in the above example yields the following output:

Terminal
first_branch does not need to be restacked on main.
Restacked third_branch on first_branch.

To create an entirely new branch in the middle of a stack and automatically rebase any dependent branches, use the optional --insert branch when invoking the gt create command. See the following example:

Terminal
# check out the branch on top of which you want to create some changes
gt checkout first_branch
# * create some changes *
# stage, commit, and insert your changes with gt branch create
gt create --all --insert --message "inserted_branch"
# aliases for the previous two commands
gt co first_branch_in_the_stack
gt c -aim "creating_a_branch_in_between"

Output of the previous commands:

Terminal
[inserted_branch bad2ec6] inserted_branch
1 file changed, 0 insertions(+), 0 deletions(-)
create mode 100644 inserted_branch
Restacked second_branch on inserted_branch.

Under the hood, gt move , gt reorder, and gt create --insert perform restacks just like gt modify —and there is a chance you can run into merge conflicts when invoking them. If you do, you can follow the same flow as encountering merge conflicts after creating/amending commits to branches mid-stack.

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