The ship command ("let's ship this feature") merges a completed feature branch into the main branch and removes the feature branch. Before the merge it syncs the branch to be shipped. After the merge it pushes the main branch to share the new commit on it with the rest of the world.
Git ship opens the default editor with a prepopulated commit message that you can modify. You can submit an empty commit message to abort the shipping process.
This command ships only direct children of the main branch. To ship a nested feature branch, you need to first ship or kill all its ancestor branches.
git commit, the
-m parameter allows specifying the commit message
via the CLI.
If you use GitHub, GitLab or Gitea, have enabled API access to your hosting provider, and the branch to be shipped has an open pull request, this command merges pull requests via the API of the hosting service.
If your origin server deletes shipped branches, for example GitHub's feature to automatically delete head branches, you can disable deleting remote branches.