Shortcut for Ignoring Tracked Files in Git


Sometimes I make temporary changes to files that I need for the time being but never want to commit, while needing to commit other stuff. I can’t stash the changes because I need them constantly. Thanks to this article and its comments, I put together some aliases to help me out with this little dilemma.


alias git-ignore="git update-index --assume-unchanged "
alias git-ignore-list="git ls-files -v | grep -e '^h' | cut -d' ' -f2"
alias git-unignore="git update-index --no-assume-unchanged "
alias git-unignore-all="git update-index --no-assume-unchanged \`git ls-files -v | grep -e '^h' | cut -d' ' -f2\`"

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About andyortlieb

I've been a tinkerer and a lazy ideologist since I gained my first personal computer in 1989. I have an aversion to formal education and I prefer to learn things by experimentation. That is not a brag, it has not been a particularly helpful set of traits. My primary goals are to increase my safety, pleasure and usefulness as I work to build and modify technologies that will bring those same attributes to the masses irrespective of government. This is the documentation of my attempt at that journey.
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