When to Use the "git cherry-pick" Command?

Following are some cases in which git cherry-picking is useful:

  • When you accidentally commit something to the wrong branch;
  • When developing features in parallel, where you may need to include a feature from another branch that another person might be developing;
  • When you may need to patch a critical bug on production environment, while the feature development might still be ongoing;
  • When you may need a specific commit from a stale pull request (that was closed without being merged).

In most other cases, using traditional merges is usually the preferred way. This is because cherry-picking can result in duplicate commits, and may not always be the best practice.

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