git – update fork's master & rebase my branch onto it?

I have forked a github project, then cloned it locally.

I then made some changes in a new branch on my_github/the_project repo.

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  • I then added and committed the changes and pushed to my github repo and submitted a pull request.

    The owner has received my request and would like me to “rebase onto master” to get the latest changes. How do I do this?

    Initially I thought I could just git fetch and rebase master from within my current branch (as most posts I found advise…), but git fetch didn’t do anything. Now I’ve realized that it is presumably because I’m still fetching from my_ github/repo clone (it’s my name in the remotes after all) which hasn’t yet got the new changes in master from the github source owner.

    I think what I probably need to do is “refresh” my fork so that my fork’s master is up-to-date and then I can fetch that master and then rebase on to that master?

    If this is the case how can I do that refresh of my forks master? If not how else?

    Should I add a remote for the original upstream repository and use that to rebase with (locally)? Is this the preferred method?

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    Yes, it’s not fetching anything because of the reason you surmised. And yes, you should add a remote for upstream locally; it will do a fast-forward merge on master.

    git checkout master # Make sure you are in master
    git remote add author original_repo_that_you_forked_from
        # Note: This is in the format git@github.com:authors_name/repo_name.git
        #       Only needs definition once, future fetches then use it. 
    git fetch author
    git status # make sure you are in the master branch for the following merge
    git merge author/master  # i.e. 'into' your master branch
    git checkout your-branch
    git rebase master        # Now get those changes into your branch.
    git push origin your_branch # You can also use `-f` if necessary and `--all`
    

    (sorry, I might not have the syntax exactly right)

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