Today I Learned: collection of notes, tips and tricks and stuff I learn from day to day working with computers and technology as an open source contributor and product manager

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Make a branch new master

When cleaning up old repositories, perhaps migrated from SVN or the like - everything is screwed up - do not dispair, git can fix this.

git checkout better_branch
git merge --strategy=ours master    # keep the content of this branch, but record a merge
git checkout master
git merge better_branch             # fast-forward master up to the merge