Issues rebasing other people's branches

Hunter Turcin huntertur at
Tue Oct 18 05:32:24 CEST 2022

Hello again :)

I was recently given Developer permissions on the Xfburn repository and
had a question about the current preferred workflow for rebasing
changes in a merge request before merging.

I see that the GitLab instance is configured to require a rebase of the
source branch onto the target branch before a merge can be performed in
the UI. I am able to perform the rebase through the UI when I own the
branch in the merge request ([1]), but when I attempt to do the same
for merge requests involving branches I don't own ([2], [3], [4]), I
get an error. The UI says "Something went wrong. Please try again."
Normally I would assume this is due to me not having permission to
write to the source branch (which I can confirm I don't when attempting
to rebase and then push to the source branch manually outside of the
GitLab UI), but I notice that the error is preceded by a request to
which does not seem right (specifically, the merge request number being

I would like to confirm: is the behavior of not being able to rebase
branches I don't own through the UI expected?

Hunter Turcin

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