There's no need to do it manually. Just tell
people to run the phpcs
autofixer before they rebase, and the result should be identical to
what's already there. And we can have PHPCS run in the other direction
for backports ( -> array()).
Unfortunately, it's not that simple. If you run phpcbf before you
rebase, you end up with a commit which changes every instance of
array() to , even in lines the developer didn't touch. Then if any
of those phpcbf changes appear close to a recent real change in
master, the context won't match and you'll get a conflict.
A simple one-line change in a file with many array literals and many
intervening changes in master tends to end up with many conflicts on
So I wrote a script to do it in a different way:
This script runs phpcbf on the base, and separately on the head of the
work branch, and then creates a patch based on the difference between
the two. So the patch contains short arrays on both sides. Then the
patch is applied to master to generate the new commit. I tried this on
and it seemed to work.
-- Tim Starling