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Amend Your Last Commit
Git amend allows you to change two things:
Add files to the previous commit if you forgot to
Change a bad commit message
git commit -m "Add x.rb and y.rb" git add z.rb git commit --amend -m "Add x.rb, y.rb, and z.rb"
What's important to note is how this works: it isn't an undo button.
git commit --amend takes the files in your staging area, and adds them to the commit, and then allows you to alter your commit message. It's pretty sweet, but it isn't a cureall.
And it does what it says--it amends the last commit. So you end up with the single commit in your history:
* 1cffbdd 2013-06-09 (2 minutes ago) | "Add x.rb, y.rb, and z.rb" (HEAD, master) [Brett Shollenberger]
Unstaging a Staged File
To upstage a single staged file:
git reset HEAD <filename>
Looking at an example:
% git status # On branch master # Changes to be committed: # (use "git reset HEAD <file>..." to unstage) # # new file: x.rb # new file: y.rb % git reset HEAD x.rb % git status # On branch master # Changes to be committed: # (use "git reset HEAD <file>..." to unstage) # # new file: y.rb # # Untracked files: # (use "git add <file>..." to include in what will be committed) # # x.rb
In this example, we notice how
git reset HEAD allows us to unstage certain files. It also allows us to upstage all staged files, if we provide no argument, e.g.:
git reset HEAD
Unmodifying a Modified File
You've committed files x, y, and z, and you realize you don't like the changes in x. You want to revert just x back to the previously saved version. Or to the initial commit. Or whatever it looked like when you
git cloned. Whatever. Here's what you do:
git hist * 1cffbdd 2013-06-09 (2 hours ago) | Whoops (HEAD, master) [Brett Shollenberger] * 9d56a3a 2013-06-09 (2 hours ago) | Initial commit [Brett Shollenberger] git checkout 9d56a3a -- x.rb
The changes in y and z have been maintained, but x has been reverted to its state in the initial commit. We would also notice if we performed a
git status again, that HEAD is still at the Whoops checkin. x.rb shows up as modified, and staged to be committed.
Inherently, this command is a dangerous one. The changes we'd previously made to x.rb are gone; we've copied another file over it. Much safer options include stashing and branching, which are the topic of another article.