Version control tools such as Git are used in most of the development projects.Though version control systems such as Git simplifies things but at the same time it requires proper understanding of the tool to work with it efficiently.
While working with Git two of the common operations are:
- Adding a file to staging area
- Committing files
When we stage a file in Git sometimes we may mistakenly stage a wrong file.In such scenarios we can remove a file from a staging area using the below commands.
Remove file from only staging area
Sometimes we may need to remove a staged file and not the working directory.In such a scenario we can use the following Git command
git rm file --cached
Here we are removing a file test.txt from staging area:
We can also use the below command:
git reset head file_name
The above command will not remove the file from versioning.
remove file from index and working directory
git rm file
The above command will remove the file from staging area as well as the working directory.
If you just want to check which files will be removed without actually removing the files then you can use the following command:
git rm file -n
above command don’t actually removes any files but just tells which files will be removed