Last Updated: May 31, 2021
· rahuldev

7 Most Common Git Mistakes

Many newbies tend to make mistakes, especially at the beginning. This is completely normal, as Git can get very complex, depending on the project's size. I want to accelerate your learning success with Git in this article by showing you the 7 most common Git errors, more specifically Git problems, and how you can easily solve them.

  1. Discard changes to local files
    As a programmer, it happens every day that unexpected errors occur. To solve the errors quickly, we fumble wildly with the code. Unfortunately, these code changes are not always optimal. It is, therefore, helpful to quickly undo the changes you have made.
    With the command “git checkout” you can reset the files to their original state:

    Reset directory "myCode"

    git checkout - myCode

  2. Undo local commits
    You have already created four new commits and only now realize that one of these commits contains a major error. Oops!
    No panic. If you want to undo one or more commits, you can use the “git reset” command. The command knows three different modes (soft, hard, mixed):

Undo the last four commits, keep changes

git reset HEAD ~ 4

Undo the last four commits, discard changes

git reset --hard HEAD ~ 4

  1. Remove the file from Git without deleting it completely
    You often add a file to the staging area ( git add ) that doesn’t belong there. You can use the command “ git rm “ here. However, this also removes the file from your file system.
    However, if you want to keep the file in the filesystem, you can better remove it from the staging area with “git reset <filename>”. Then add the file to the .gitignore so that you do not mistakenly pack it back into the staging index in the future. That’s how it’s done:
    git reset Dateiname
    echo Dateiname >> .gitignore

  2. Subsequently edit the commit message
    Every programmer makes a typo on a commit. Fortunately, commit messages are very easy to correct using the “git commit — amend” command. That’s how it’s done:

    Start the standard text editor to edit the commit message

    git commit --amend

    Sets the new message directly

    git commit --amend -m "My new commit message