(TIL) Git: Stash tips

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I’m a big fan of using git stash to shelve some changes in my repository so that I can move on to some other task. Here are some advanced git stash commands to optimize your use of this tool:

To provide a bit more context, it’s good practice to annotate your stashes with a description, using:

$ git stash save "message"

You can view a summary of a stash with git stash show:

$ git stash show
index.html | 1 +
style.css | 3 +++
2 files changed, 4 insertions(+)

Or pass the -p option (or --patch) to view the full diff of a stash:

$ git stash show -p
diff --git a/style.css b/style.css
new file mode 100644
index 0000000..d92368b
--- /dev/null
+++ b/style.css
@@ -0,0 +1,3 @@
+* {
+ text-decoration: blink;
+}
diff --git a/index.html b/index.html
index 9daeafb..ebdcbd2 100644
--- a/index.html
+++ b/index.html
@@ -1 +1,2 @@
+<link rel="stylesheet" href="style.css"/>

You can choose which stash to re-apply by passing its identifier as the last argument:

$ git stash pop stash@{2}

If the changes on your branch diverge from the changes in your stash, you may run into conflicts when popping or applying your stash. Instead, you can use the following to create a new branch to apply your stashed changes to:

git stash branch

You can delete all of your stashes with:

git stash clear

Via Atlassian Git Tutorials.

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