Is there a difference between git mv and the MS-DOS move?
Does it make a difference if I move Git tracked files with the
git mv command as opposed to just moving the files with MS-DOS
move or the Windows Explorer?
Back in the Subversion days, it was necessary to use for example the TortoiseSVN
SVN Move versioned files here command to keep the history intact.
I would have expected it to work the same way in Git, but a test (see example below) showed that Git detects by itself that the file has been moved and that the history is kept intact.
So why use
git mv at all?
C:\test>git init C:\test>mkdir folder C:\test>cd folder C:\test\folder>echo "1" > file.txt C:\test\folder>git add . C:\test\folder>git commit -m "Initial commit" C:\test\folder>echo "2" >> file.txt C:\test\folder>git add . C:\test\folder>git commit -m "Update file.txt" C:\test\folder>move file.txt .. C:\test\folder>cd .. C:\test>git status On branch master Changes not staged for commit: (use "git add/rm <file>..." to update what will be committed) (use "git checkout -- <file>..." to discard changes in working directory) deleted: folder/file.txt Untracked files: (use "git add <file>..." to include in what will be committed) file.txt no changes added to commit (use "git add" and/or "git commit -a") C:\test>git add -A C:\test>git status On branch master Changes to be committed: (use "git reset HEAD <file>..." to unstage) renamed: folder/file.txt -> file.txt C:\test>git commit -m "Moved file.txt with the move command"
The entire history has been retained despite not using
git mv and Git says that is has detected a renaming.
C:\test>git log --oneline --follow file.txt 6bd3c05 Moved file.txt with the move command 5b55aea Update file.txt 5b9b255 Initial commit
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git mv does the staging for you as well, so that you don’t need to
git rm olfdfile and
git add newfile after physically moving the file via
This is on purpose.
When you use
git mv it will index the modifications for you
If you do it manually with your OS, you will need to do
git add -A <previous-path-to-file-that-was-moved> git add <new-path-to-file>
So that git understands you actually renamed the file.