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In Git, is there a way to merge all changes from one branch into another, but squash to a single commit at the same time?

I often work on a new feature in a separate branch and will regularly commit/push - mainly for backup or to transfer what I'm working on to another machine. Mostly those commits say "Feature xxx WIP" or something redundant.

Once that work is finished and I want to merge WIP branch back into master, I'd like to discard all those intermediate commits, and just a have a single clean commit.

Is there an easy way to do this?

Alternatively, how about a command that squashes all commits on a branch since the point where it was branched?

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For this question you could do:

git merge --squash <feature branch> 

Then commit that using 

git commit

Here --squash will allow you to create a single commit on top of the current branch whose effect is the same as merging another branch. --no-squash will perform the merge and commit the result. This option can be used to override --squash

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