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Undoing working directory changes


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with Kevin Skoglund

Video: Undoing working directory changes

In this chapter we're going to talk about how you can undo changes in Git, and that can be changes that you make to your working directory, changes that you've staged into the staging index, or even changes that you've actually committed all the way to the repository. It's very common that you say, "Oh you know what? I want to undo what I just did," and Git can help us do that. In this movie we're going to start by looking at how we can undo changes that we've made to our working directory. So let's say, for example, that we're working with our project, and inside Export California index page we open that up, and this whole site navigation here, where do you want to go, all of this--scroll down until I get to the bottom of it, here it is-- the bottom of that div, we delete.
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  1. 2m 46s
    1. Introduction
      1m 7s
    2. How to use the exercise files
      1m 39s
  2. 20m 24s
    1. Understanding version control
      4m 48s
    2. The history of Git
      7m 58s
    3. About distributed version control
      5m 4s
    4. Who should use Git?
      2m 34s
  3. 26m 12s
    1. Installing Git on a Mac
      3m 44s
    2. Installing Git on Windows
      5m 37s
    3. Installing Git on Linux
      1m 30s
    4. Configuring Git
      7m 29s
    5. Exploring Git auto-completion
      5m 35s
    6. Using Git help
      2m 17s
  4. 15m 49s
    1. Initializing a repository
      1m 58s
    2. Understanding where Git files are stored
      2m 34s
    3. Performing your first commit
      2m 4s
    4. Writing commit messages
      5m 22s
    5. Viewing the commit log
      3m 51s
  5. 17m 44s
    1. Exploring the three-trees architecture
      3m 57s
    2. The Git workflow
      3m 15s
    3. Using hash values (SHA-1)
      4m 7s
    4. Working with the HEAD pointer
      6m 25s
  6. 25m 52s
    1. Adding files
      5m 59s
    2. Editing files
      3m 56s
    3. Viewing changes with diff
      3m 35s
    4. Viewing only staged changes
      2m 28s
    5. Deleting files
      5m 29s
    6. Moving and renaming files
      4m 25s
  7. 19m 18s
    1. Introducing the Explore California web site
      2m 2s
    2. Initializing Git
      3m 48s
    3. Editing the support phone number
      6m 20s
    4. Editing the backpack file name and links
      7m 8s
  8. 38m 45s
    1. Undoing working directory changes
      3m 49s
    2. Unstaging files
      2m 37s
    3. Amending commits
      4m 50s
    4. Retrieving old versions
      4m 7s
    5. Reverting a commit
      3m 12s
    6. Using reset to undo commits
      3m 44s
    7. Demonstrating a soft reset
      4m 8s
    8. Demonstrating a mixed reset
      4m 7s
    9. Demonstrating a hard reset
      5m 8s
    10. Removing untracked files
      3m 3s
  9. 27m 22s
    1. Using .gitignore files
      8m 23s
    2. Understanding what to ignore
      4m 47s
    3. Ignoring files globally
      4m 49s
    4. Ignoring tracked files
      5m 26s
    5. Tracking empty directories
      3m 57s
  10. 26m 51s
    1. Referencing commits
      4m 52s
    2. Exploring tree listings
      3m 46s
    3. Getting more from the commit log
      7m 38s
    4. Viewing commits
      4m 4s
    5. Comparing commits
      6m 31s
  11. 39m 35s
    1. Branching overview
      4m 56s
    2. Viewing and creating branches
      2m 57s
    3. Switching branches
      2m 58s
    4. Creating and switching branches
      4m 53s
    5. Switching branches with uncommitted changes
      3m 26s
    6. Comparing branches
      4m 28s
    7. Renaming branches
      2m 28s
    8. Deleting branches
      4m 18s
    9. Configuring the command prompt to show the branch
      9m 11s
  12. 28m 32s
    1. Merging code
      3m 11s
    2. Using fast-forward merge vs. true merge
      6m 49s
    3. Merging conflicts
      7m 26s
    4. Resolving merge conflicts
      7m 5s
    5. Exploring strategies to reduce merge conflicts
      4m 1s
  13. 14m 34s
    1. Saving changes in the stash
      4m 5s
    2. Viewing stashed changes
      2m 39s
    3. Retrieving stashed changes
      4m 24s
    4. Deleting stashed changes
      3m 26s
  14. 1h 5m
    1. Using local and remote repositories
      6m 38s
    2. Setting up a GitHub account
      5m 39s
    3. Adding a remote repository
      4m 0s
    4. Creating a remote branch
      4m 3s
    5. Cloning a remote repository
      4m 26s
    6. Tracking remote branches
      4m 5s
    7. Pushing changes to a remote repository
      5m 8s
    8. Fetching changes from a remote repository
      5m 47s
    9. Merging in fetched changes
      4m 50s
    10. Checking out remote branches
      3m 22s
    11. Pushing to an updated remote branch
      2m 6s
    12. Deleting a remote branch
      3m 8s
    13. Enabling collaboration
      3m 40s
    14. A collaboration workflow
      8m 43s
  15. 16m 23s
    1. Setting up aliases for common commands
      5m 14s
    2. Using SSH keys for remote login
      2m 56s
    3. Exploring integrated development environments
      1m 4s
    4. Exploring graphical user interfaces
      4m 32s
    5. Understanding Git hosting
      2m 37s
  16. 55s
    1. Goodbye
      55s

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Git Essential Training
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The course shows how to use Git, the popular open-source version control software, to manage changes to source code and text files. Using a step-by-step approach, author Kevin Skoglund presents the commands that enable efficient code management and reveals the fundamental concepts behind version control systems and the Git architecture. Discover how to track changes to files in a repository, review previous edits, and compare versions of a file; create branches to test new ideas without altering the main project; and merge those changes into the project if they work out. The course begins by demonstrating version control in a single-user, standalone context, before exploring how remote repositories allow users to collaborate on projects effectively.

Topics include:
  • Exploring the history of version control
  • Installing Git on Mac, Windows, and Linux
  • Initializing a repository
  • Writing useful commit messages
  • Understanding the Git three-tree architecture
  • Tracking when files are added, edited, deleted, or moved
  • Viewing change sets and comparing versions
  • Undoing changes and rolling back to previous versions
  • Ignoring changes to select files
  • Creating and working with code branches
  • Merging branches and resolving merge conflicts
  • Stashing changes for later
  • Working with hosted repositories and remote branches
  • Developing an effective collaboration workflow
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Undoing working directory changes

In this chapter we're going to talk about how you can undo changes in Git, and that can be changes that you make to your working directory, changes that you've staged into the staging index, or even changes that you've actually committed all the way to the repository. It's very common that you say, "Oh you know what? I want to undo what I just did," and Git can help us do that. In this movie we're going to start by looking at how we can undo changes that we've made to our working directory. So let's say, for example, that we're working with our project, and inside Export California index page we open that up, and this whole site navigation here, where do you want to go, all of this--scroll down until I get to the bottom of it, here it is-- the bottom of that div, we delete.

Maybe it was on purpose, because we we're thinking about to deleting it, or maybe was just an accident. We didn't mean to delete it. But we save the change to the file, and then we close it. Now that file has been changed. If we go to Firefox, and we open it up, we reload the page, the navigation disappears. Well, that's not what we wanted. That was a mistake. So how do we get that back? If we go to Git, and we say git status, it shows us that the file has been modified. If we do git diff, it comes up and it tells us what the change was.

The change is that all of this text has been removed. You see all of the minuses next to it. So what we want is we want the repository version back. We want the version that Git has saved for us to be restored. It's using that version to compare when it does the diff. What we're going to do say, "Git, go back to the repository, get that version, and check it out for me and replace what I have in my working directory with it." And to do that, we use the git checkout command. You could say git checkout index.html.

I think in a lot of cases that will work. However, the thing about checkout is that it's used for more than one purpose. It's also used for working with branches. Because what checkout does is go to the repository, get the named thing that I've gave you, and make my working directory look like that. That's what it does. So if that named thing is a branch, it brings the branch down. If that named thing is the file, it brings the file down. Imagine for a moment that we wanted to bring down this resources folder.

So we say git checkout resources. Well, that's fine, but what if we also have a branch named resources? Then it's hard for Git to tell which one we need and in that case it actually would give us the branch resources instead of the folder resources. So as a result, it's a good practice when we're not trying to checkout a branch to put dash--dash, followed by index.html that says stay on the current branch. That bare double dash is just there to indicate that we're not checking out a new branch, we're just talking about a file in the current branch.

We'll talk more about switching branches later, and we won't use the double dash in that case. But here we want to use it to say stay on the same branch, go get this file, I don't care what's in my working directory, I want to make my working directory index.html file look like what the repository has. So let's hit Return. You can see it changed there briefly in the background as this file went away and then came back again. Before we even go look at the file, let's just come back here and reload the web page. Sure enough, our working directory now has the menu again.

The menu shows up, and if we pop back over here to Git, git status, the working directory is clean again. It when I got that version and completely throughout our working directory changes. That's all there is. Git checkout with a double dash and then the file or the directory that we wanted to pull down from the repository will blow away the changes and restore them back to what we had in the repository.

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Q: In the Chapter 10 movie "Configuring the command prompt to show the branch," when I type the function "__git_ps1," I do not get the expected result.
A: The function "__git_ps1" was recently moved to a new file, .git-prompt.sh, as described here: https://github.com/git/git/commit/af31a456b4cd38f2630ed8e556e23954f806a3cc.

We will update the video. In the meantime, you may do the same steps you do for .git-completion.bash, but a second time using ".git-prompt.sh" as shown here: https://github.com/git/git/blob/master/contrib/completion/git-prompt.sh.
Q: When I use the code the instructor advises in the above video ("git config
--global user.name "Nelda Street"), I still get an "Illegal Instruction"
error. I have OS 10.6.8. Am I doing something wrong?
A: The current installer version of git isn't compatible with older Mac OS versions.
 
https://code.google.com/p/git-osx-installer/issues/detail?id=96
 
The workaround solutions people offer are:
 
1. To add "-mmacosx-version-min=10.6" as described here:
https://stackoverflow.com/questions/14268887/what-is-the-illegal-instruction-4-error-and-why-does-mmacosx-version-min-10
 
https://stackoverflow.com/questions/10177038/illegal-instruction-4-shows-up-in-os-x-lion
 
2. Or to use the version of git that comes with Xcode, or to use homebrew to install git instead.
http://superuser.com/questions/697144/installed-git-not-sure-how-to-get-it-working
 
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