I recently finished working on this article on how to create a blog with Netlify as a CMS. While working on this article, I tried to make a merge and ended up not being able to. I had this message:
Merge branch 'master' of [https://github.com/marieqg/netlify-cms-medium](https://github.com/marieqg/netlify-cms-medium) # Please enter a commit message to explain why this merge is necessary, # especially if it merges an updated upstream into a topic branch. # # Lines starting with '#' will be ignored, and an empty message aborts # the commit. ~ ~ "~/Documents/Projets/medium/netlify-cms-medium/.git/MERGE_MSG" 6L, 297C
It’s not the first time I had it, but it was sure the last time. And I was stuck there for a while again. They are a few methods to go out of this depending on the editor that you are using.
Step 1: Understand why
Firstly, let’s try to understand why we got this message.
There a few options :
This happens when a commit was made to the branch you are working on (you try to push a commit: git push) before pulling the changes ( git pull)
You updated your git client
You never had a local branch which was ahead of the remote before
Your git config was changed recently
You should have done git rebase or git pull --rebase instead of a merge
Most of the time when I get this message, it’s because I forgot to pull before I pushed and my branches get confused. Photo by Maddy Baker on Unsplash
Step 2: Finalize your merge
Then, let’s solve it to finalize our merge. The way to solve it is going to depend on our editor. So:
1. For Vi or Vim
If you are using vi or vim, to manage to get out, you’ll have to do :
Press “i” (i for insert)
Write your merge message
Press “esc” (escape)
Write “:wq” (write & quit)
Then press enter
Personally, it’s the one I’m using (let’s not get into a developer argument on which editor to use right?), and this worked quite well for me.
2. For Pico, Nano or Emac
If you are using Nano, you’ll have to do:
CTRL + X
then, CTRL + C
For nano, a CTRL + C might be sufficient.
It’s as easy as this, but I always struggle with this one.
🕵️♂️ Resources to go further
Please enter a commit message to explain why this merge is necessary, especially if it merges an…
Fix: Please enter a commit message to explain why this merge is necessary - Appuals.com
Git - When to Merge vs. When to Rebase
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