Git: Copy a file between branches

October 30, 2019

Let's assume we have a two branches (A, B), and we want to move the file test.xt from branch A to branch B.

git checkout B
git checkout A -- test.txt
git status
git commit -m "Copy file test.txt"
git push

Git: Delete commits history

May 16, 2019

You can not delete the commit history from a branch, but you can create a new branch (without history because is new), push the files to the new branch and then delete the old branch.

The next example shows how to recreate the master branch.

# Create temporary branch
$ git checkout --orphan temp

# Add and commit all the files
$ git add -A
$ git commit -m "init"

# Delete current branch
$ git branch -D master

# Rename current branch to master
$ git branch -m master

# Push all the files to the new master branch
$ git push -f origin master

Untrack files added to .gitignore

February 27, 2019

Remove a particular file

git rm --cached paper.txt
git add paper.txt
git commit -m "remove file paper.txt"
git push

Remove all files

git rm --cached -r .
git add .
git commit -m "remove all files from .gitignore"
git push