How to undo git rm -rf dirname without a first commit?
Looking at other answsers,
git reset --hard HEAD,
git checkout -f and
git reflog did not work, apparently because there is no HEAD to go back to, nor a commit to get the files back from.
Is there a way to get the files back?
4 Solutions collect form web for “How to undo git rm -rf dirname without a first commit?”
There is no way.
git rm checks the files have already been committed before deleting them, so you don’t lose any of your work. However, using
-f overrides this check.
- Don’t use
- Don’t touch anything you haven’t committed.
Nope, as far as I know. I believe that git unlinks the files, just like doing
rm -rf does. It doesn’t matter to it whether it knows about the files or not, it will gladly nuke the directory. Really, your only recourse is to try to use a file recovery tool as if you had done
If git is not tracking the
dirname directory, it will not allow you to delete the directory with
git rm -rf as it does not know about it. You will ( would have) get an error like
fatal: pathspec 'dirname' did not match any files
Only way you could have deleted is if you had done a
git add . or
git add dirname after the
git init. If that is the case, your files are gone and you cannot get them back as it was never committed and git doesn’t track it. It is as good as doing a
rm -rf on a normal folder ( and can’t recover unless you have backups)
git reset --hard helped while deletion was not commited yet and, generally speaking, deletion was interrupted by