Create Pull Requests from the command line within an organization

Tuesday 10 December 2013

EDIT: hub has been updated to deal with this issue. Just run brew update && brew upgrade hub.

If your company uses Github on a daily basis for your private git repositories, you may be using Pull Requests at the heart of the Github flow. You may already know hub, a little command-line tool to help you use Github from your prompt.

$ brew install hub

Then you get the following helpers:

$ hub help
GitHub Commands:
   pull-request   Open a pull request on GitHub
   fork           Make a fork of a remote repository on GitHub and add as remote
   create         Create this repository on GitHub and add GitHub as origin
   browse         Open a GitHub page in the default browser
   compare        Open a compare page on GitHub

By default, the hub pull-request command will try to create a Pull Request from you:feature-branch to org:master. That's a problem since you are an organization member, you have commit access to the repo so you want the Pull Request to be from org:feature-branch to org:master. Here is the command which lets you do that. Add it to your ~/.aliases!

$ hub pull-request -h \
`git remote -v | grep -oE -m1 "[^/]*)" \
| sed "s/"`:`git rev-parse --abbrev-ref HEAD`

When run, this command will open vim, you will be able to type your Pull Request title and body, :wq, and voilà! No need to fire up your browser anymore :)

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