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Gerrit Cheat Sheet


Easily Checkout Changes

Changes correspond to branches with the naming schema gerrit_<change number>. So you can

git checkout gerrit_12345

Delete Changes

Sometime you want to delete a change to make it invisible for everyone (for example when you did commit an unencrypted secret…). This is possible only via the SQL interface which you can enter with

ssh <gerrit host>:29418 gerrit gsql

and issue a delete with:

update changes set status='d' where change_id='<change id>';

Search for Commit Text

It is a bit non-obvious to search for text in commit messages. When just searching message: no results are given. This is because status: auto-defaults to a useless values. So you need to specify status: with a useful value:

status:merged message:critical bugfix
status:open   message:Patch

Solving Errors

Bad pack header

This happens from time to time if you do not garbage collect and hit the open file limit. To solve: trigger a garbage collection

ssh <gerrit host>:29418 gerrit gc <project name>

Unpack failed: error Missing unknown xxx

Solution here is to abandon the problematic changes. This cannot be done via the GUI and only by admins

# Find Gerrit id
ssh <gerrit hxost>:29418 gerrit query xxx

# Abandon the change
ssh <gerrit host>:29418 gerrit gsql -c "update changes set open='N',status='A' where change_id=<id>;"