In this tutorial, we will demonstrate how to reset files from the staging area.
Unstage files from staging area
After you have added some files to the staging area, you come to a situation that you don’t want to commit this change to the repository because you plan to do more modification on this file, then you need to unstage the file from the staging area. The file change is still in the staging area if you check the
git status, and it could be reset with the command
git reset HEAD <file>....
Le’t check with our working copy status,
$ git status On branch master Changes to be committed: (use "git reset HEAD <file>..." to unstage) renamed: test1_rename.txt -> move/test1.txt
We want to unstage this rename, then,
$ git reset HEAD Unstaged changes after reset D test1_rename.txtgi
The working copy status changes to
$ git status On branch master Changes not staged for commit: (use "git add/rm <file>..." to update what will be committed) (use "git checkout -- <file>..." to discard changes in working directory) deleted: test1_rename.txt Untracked files: (use "git add <file>..." to include in what will be committed) move/ no changes added to commit (use "git add" and/or "git commit -a")
It is back to the status before the rename is staged.