Detect merge conflicts early


I added a script in my workflow, to make merge conflicts visible early in the development process. Perhaps this can help others too.

For each commit, I’d like to know if it could cause merge conflicts to (in my case) develop . So at the end of my normal workflow where I run the unit tests, I check out the develop branch, try to merge the changed branch, and run unit tests on the result.
This helps me to find merge conflicts sooner in our development process.

Here is the script build step that works for me:

#!/usr/bin/env bash
# fail if any commands fails
set -e
# debug log
set -x


git reset --hard

git "checkout" "$SOURCE_BRANCH"

git merge "origin/$SOURCE_BRANCH"

git fetch "origin" "$TARGET_BRANCH"

git reset --hard
git checkout origin/$TARGET_BRANCH
git merge $SOURCE_BRANCH


Thanks for sharing this here as well @jpalten!



It just occurred to me that I should do the same, and here’s the answer. Thanks for saving me some time :slight_smile:.



Actually Bitrise Pull Request builds do the same automatically: it clones the target (the one the PR/MR is meant to be merged into) then it git merges the source onto it.

Of course this only works for Pull Requests/Merge Requests and only if you enable the pull request triggers to be built (, but in that case it should be automatic.

If that would not be the case let me know!

P.S.: You can see the git commands performed in the Git Clone step’s build logs, e.g.:

git "init"
Initialized empty Git repository in /bitrise/go/src/
git "remote" "add" "origin" ""
git "fetch" "origin" "master"
 * branch            master     -> FETCH_HEAD
 * [new branch]      master     -> origin/master
git "checkout" "master"
Already on 'master'
Branch master set up to track remote branch master from origin.
git "merge" "origin/master"
Already up-to-date.
commit hash: 7850cc59ebb20fee59ffca4b21b739cf561f3579
git "fetch" "origin" "godrei-patch-1"
 * branch            godrei-patch-1 -> FETCH_HEAD
 * [new branch]      godrei-patch-1 -> origin/godrei-patch-1
git "merge" "9d704732ce1cc27de14f48b16d6043572cfe86be"
Updating 7850cc5..9d70473
Fast-forward | 13 -------------
 1 file changed, 13 deletions(-)
git "submodule" "update" "--init" "--recursive"
git "checkout" "--detach"

( 's build)