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How would you recommend someone to "Avoid void changes" and "Avoid formatting changes"? I often see those on my PRs, but I'm not sure how to clean them up.

Thanks for the timely post by the way!


You can always append corrective commits when this happens.

If this is rather a problem of different members using different setups ( e.g. tabs, spaces or spaces as tabs) then you should collectively agree on a common format for your favorite development environment, store and share it.

Or alternatively you can resort into something like which integrates with many languages and tools


+1 for prettier.

Also; if you still using the cmd line, please start using a graphical git client instead. Gitkraken, sourcetree, tower, there are enough. With a graphical client it's so much more obvious what you are going to commit.

Unstage/discard all 'garbage' and only commit after reviewing the changes. No more blind git add . && git commit -m.

I think that it's not a matter of whether someone uses the CLI or a graphical client for this, but more the overall experience, mindset and workflow of that person.

I personally always use a git diff to see what I changed and what I want to commit. If I'm happy with all unstaged changes being committed I use git add ., but if I see "garbage", I simply use git add -p .

After that I do a git diff --staged and if nothing went wrong I do a simple git commit -m with a descriptive commit message. When I'm done I do a git checkout -- <file> to get rid of the garbage that I didn't commit, or a simple git reset --hard if I really don't wanna keep anything.

What I think is that you can be as careless with both the CLI as you can be with a graphical client, it depends on how much effort you want to put into keeping your Git history clean and organized.

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