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I made a fork of a project on github, did a small correction and submitted a pull request. However, from every pull request “in line”, I can see that this developer will take a long time before reviewing mine. The thing is I don’t want the repository — I just forked it to solve that issue (that the developer itself had in the TODO).

My question is: if I delete the repository from my account, will the developer still be able to accept the pull request? It’s a change of just a few lines.

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This is why GitLab's protected branche workflow is so cool: github.com/gitlabhq/gitlabhq/blob/… –  Ciro Santilli 六四事件 法轮功 Jun 3 '14 at 11:59

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No. But if you email the developer a git-style patch instead, he or she will be able to integrate that with basically the same amount of trouble as a pull request (i.e., next to none).

To generate a git am-style patch, use the git format-patch command:

$ git format-patch <since>

where <since> is the hash of the commit or the branch name you want to diff from. You can also supply a revision range in the traditional git style.

This will create one patch per commit. Once you email the generated patches to the developer, he or she can import them with a simple git am <patches>.

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Great answer. Short and easily understandable. Thank you very much. –  user137369 Feb 3 '13 at 2:26

I just deleted a fork, and both the open issue and the relative pull request are still there, so I think it can be done.

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The pull request is there, but it shows "Unknown branch" for me. –  Ciro Santilli 六四事件 法轮功 Jun 3 '14 at 11:57
But the diff is still there, so the original branch being unknown doesn't really matter. –  balu Mar 12 at 16:58

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