Untracked files between branches in Git
I have my
master branch and I’ve created a feature branch called
profiles where I’m doing some specific work to profiles. While working on profiles I’ve changed 5 or 6 files and added another 5 or 6 new files. I needed to switch back to the
master branch to fix a quick bug and noticed all the new files and modified files where in there as well. I guess this makes sense since git isnt going to remove untracked files from the
master branch and bring them back for my
profiles branch since they are, in fact, untracked. But what about the changes to existing files. Why are they showing up in the master branch.
Whats the best practice here. I’m not ready to commit the changes locally yet. Should I just be stashing all these changes, switch to
master, make the small fix, switch back to
profiles then reapply the stash?
Any help is appreciated. Thanks
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“I’m not ready to commit the changes locally yet.”
Commits in git are local things that can be undone, redone and re-re-done at will. It’s only when you push the commit somewhere that you need to pay attention.
Plus, commits are visible to local tools like
gitk, and can have diffs taken of them and can be rebased onto other commits, etc. It’s a very powerful tool. Learn to use it.
I frequently do:
git add .; git commit -a -m 'WIP'
just to stash away everything in the current work tree if I think I might be interrupted. If I make a few more changes, I use:
git add .; git commit --amend
to update my “WIP” commit in-place. When I’m finally ready for the real commit, I just:
git reset --soft HEAD~; git reset
and now I can carefully control what the final commit will be.
They’re not showing up in the master branch – if you did a hard reset and a clean, they’d disappear. Git is merely preserving your local modifications when you switch branches.
This is commonly useful; you might have realized you want to commit those modifications to a different branch than the one you’re currently on. If the modifications conflicted with the difference between the two branches, git would refuse to switch branches.
You’re right about the best approach, though – switching branches cleanly is in my experience one of the most common uses of
It sounds like you created the branch with
git branch profiles, but didn’t switch to it, so you stayed in
master, and it got the file changes when you did a commit.
After creating the branch, you need to explicitly switch to it with
git checkout (just create new branch on-the-fly and switch to it in one step using
git checkout -b ).
If you have changes you don’t want to lose (or commit to the current branch), but instead put into the other branch, do:
git add -A git stash git checkout <other branch> git stash pop
More info on
git stash is available from git-scm.com