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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Yes, it can be done. From Gitub’s page on checking pull requests locally:

If a fork was deleted, the pull request can still be merged.


Yes, all pull requests are available in the destination repository, even if the fork is deleted before it's merged. The Git tree can be found at the refspec pull/###/head, where ### is the pull request number. The original project's owner can merge using the GitHub web interface or on the command line by downloading the branch:

git fetch origin pull/###/head:pullrequest
git merge pullrequest
  • Great answer. Short and easily understandable. Thank you very much. – user137369 Feb 3 '13 at 2:26
  • @user137369: Great, but wrong. – firegurafiku Mar 28 '16 at 14:33
  • @firegurafiku I know, that’s why it isn’t the accepted answer. – user137369 Mar 28 '16 at 17:56
  • Hmm, yep, this seems to have changed since I posted it (or I was originally incorrect). I'll edit to reflect the new info. – thirtythreeforty Mar 28 '16 at 18:40

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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