6 Git mistakes you will make — and how to fix them

Shot yourself in the foot with the world's most popular version control system? Here's how to fix it

6 Git mistakes you will make — and how to fix them

A big reason developers use a source control system like Git is to avoid disasters. If you do something as simple as mistakenly delete a file, or you discover that the changes you’ve made to a dozen files were all ill-advised, you can undo what you’ve done with little hassle.

Some Git mistakes are more intimidating and difficult to reverse, even for experienced Git users. But with a little care — and provided you don’t panic — you can roll back from some of the worst Git disasters known to programmers.

Here is a list of several of the bigger Git boo-boos, along with tips for backing out of them and preventing some of them. The further you go down the list, the bigger the disasters get.

Git mistake #1: You forgot to add changes to the last commit

This is one of the easiest Git blunders to recover from. Let’s say you committed some work to a local branch, then realized you didn’t stage a number of needed files. Or you forgot to add certain details in the commit message.

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