Recovering from a bad rebase

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Suppose that you had started an interactive rebase:

git rebase --interactive HEAD~20

and by mistake, you squashed or dropped some commits that you didn’t want to lose, but then completed the rebase. To recover, do git reflog, and you might see some output like this:

aaaaaaa HEAD@{0} rebase -i (finish): returning to refs/head/master
bbbbbbb HEAD@{1} rebase -i (squash): Fix parse error
ccccccc HEAD@{n} rebase -i (start): checkout HEAD~20
ddddddd HEAD@{n+1} ...

In this case, the last commit, ddddddd (or HEAD@{n+1}) is the tip of your pre-rebase branch. Thus, to recover that commit (and all parent commits, including those accidentally squashed or dropped), do:

$ git checkout HEAD@{n+1}

You can then create a new branch at that commit with git checkout -b [branch]. See Branching for more information.

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