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authorJunio C Hamano <>2005-08-23 00:55:26 (GMT)
committerJunio C Hamano <>2005-08-23 06:19:18 (GMT)
commit45d197a469f9ebeda91e7fd4fd522bb558e88bca (patch)
tree530289ed5c283a41d6596cc13f0cee35e7f4c336 /git-reset-script
parentf5e375c9a99d731c05eef701f119da85d62fc158 (diff)
Introduce "reset type" flag to "git reset"
I have been feeling that the current behaviour of "git reset" is not quite optimal, but so far could not express exactly what I felt was wrong with it. This patch clarifies it. There are at least two situations you may want to "reset" your working tree. 1. You made a mess in your working tree. You want to switch back to a known good state and start over. This mess may be a result of your own editing, a merge that had too many conflicting changes that you do not feel like to resolve by hand at this moment, or a botched application of a patch you received from somewhere. In this case, you would want to have "git reset HEAD" reset the index file to the tree read from the HEAD commit and the files in the working tree to match index (i.e. "git status" should say "Nothing to commit", without any "unrecorded changes"). The current behaviour leaves the files in the working tree intact, which requires you to run "git checkout -f". Also you need to remember "rm -f" any files that the botched patch may have left in the working tree if the purpose of this "reset" is to attempt to apply it again; most likely the patch would fail if such a file is left behind. 2. You have discovered that commits you made earlier need to be reorganized. The simplest example is to undo the last commit, re-edit some files, and redo the commit. Another simple eample is to undo the last two commits, and commit the changes in those two commits as a single commit. In this case, you would want to have "git reset HEAD^" reset the $GIT_DIR/HEAD to the commit object name of the parent commit of the current commit (i.e. rewinding one commit), leave the index file and the files in the working tree in a state where you can easily make a commit that records a tree that resembles what you have in the current index file and the working tree. The current behaviour is almost OK for this purpose, except that you need to find which files you need to manually run "git add" yourself. They are files that are in the original HEAD commit and not in the commit you are resetting to. The default without the type flag is to do "--mixed", which is the current behaviour. $ git reset [ --hard | --soft | --mixed ] [ <commit-ish> ] A hard reset would be used for 1 and works in this way: (1) remember the set of paths that appear in the current index file (which may even have unmerged entries) and the current $GIT_DIR/HEAD commit. (2) "read-tree --reset" the specified <commit-ish> (default to HEAD), followed by "checkout-cache -f -u -a". (3) remove any files that appear in (1) but not in <commit-ish> from the working tree. (4) backup $GIT_DIR/HEAD to $GIT_DIR/ORIG_HEAD and update $GIT_DIR/HEAD with the specified <commit-ish>. (5) remove leftover $GIT_DIR/MERGE_HEAD A soft reset would be used for 2 and works in this way: (1) Make sure that the index file is merged and we do not have MERGE_HEAD; otherwise it does not make sense to do soft reset. (2) backup $GIT_DIR/HEAD to $GIT_DIR/ORIG_HEAD and update $GIT_DIR/HEAD with the specified <commit-ish>. Note that with the current behaviour, "git diff" is the way to see what could be committed immediately after "git reset". With the "soft reset" described here you would need to say "git diff HEAD" to find that out. I am not sure what mixed reset (the current behaviour) is good for. If nobody comes up with a good use case it may not be a bad idea to remove it. Signed-off-by: Junio C Hamano <>
Diffstat (limited to 'git-reset-script')
1 files changed, 90 insertions, 6 deletions
diff --git a/git-reset-script b/git-reset-script
index 7da8d86..863e2a9 100755
--- a/git-reset-script
+++ b/git-reset-script
@@ -1,13 +1,97 @@
. git-sh-setup-script || die "Not a git archive"
+trap 'rm -f $tmp-*' 0 1 2 3 15
+case "$1" in
+--mixed | --soft | --hard)
+ reset_type="$1"
+ shift
+ ;;
rev=$(git-rev-parse --verify --default HEAD "$@") || exit
rev=$(git-rev-parse --verify $rev^0) || exit
-git-read-tree --reset "$rev" && {
- if orig=$(git-rev-parse --verify HEAD 2>/dev/null)
+# We need to remember the set of paths that _could_ be left
+# behind before a hard reset, so that we can remove them.
+if test "$reset_type" = "--hard"
+ {
+ git-ls-files --stage -z
+ git-rev-parse --verify HEAD 2>/dev/null &&
+ git-ls-tree -r -z HEAD
+ } | perl -e '
+ use strict;
+ my %seen;
+ $/ = "\0";
+ while (<>) {
+ chomp;
+ my ($info, $path) = split(/\t/, $_);
+ next if ($info =~ / tree /);
+ if (!$seen{$path}) {
+ $seen{$path} = 1;
+ print "$path\0";
+ }
+ }
+ ' >$tmp-exists
+# Soft reset does not touch the index file nor the working tree
+# at all, but requires them in a good order. Other resets reset
+# the index file to the tree object we are switching to.
+if test "$reset_type" = "--soft"
+ if test -f "$GIT_DIR/MERGE_HEAD" ||
+ test "" != "$(git-ls-files --unmerged)"
- echo "$orig" >"$GIT_DIR/ORIG_HEAD"
+ die "Cannot do a soft reset in the middle of a merge."
- echo "$rev" > "$GIT_DIR/HEAD"
-git-update-cache --refresh
+ git-read-tree --reset "$rev" || exit
+# Any resets update HEAD to the head being switched to.
+if orig=$(git-rev-parse --verify HEAD 2>/dev/null)
+ echo "$orig" >"$GIT_DIR/ORIG_HEAD"
+ rm -f "$GIT_DIR/ORIG_HEAD"
+echo "$rev" >"$GIT_DIR/HEAD"
+case "$reset_type" in
+--hard )
+ # Hard reset matches the working tree to that of the tree
+ # being switched to.
+ git-checkout-cache -f -u -q -a
+ git-ls-files --cached -z |
+ perl -e '
+ use strict;
+ my (%keep, $fh);
+ $/ = "\0";
+ while (<STDIN>) {
+ chomp;
+ $keep{$_} = 1;
+ }
+ open $fh, "<", $ARGV[0]
+ or die "cannot open $ARGV[0]";
+ while (<$fh>) {
+ chomp;
+ if (! exists $keep{$_}) {
+ print "$_\0";
+ }
+ }
+ ' $tmp-exists | xargs -0 rm -v -f --
+ ;;
+--soft )
+ ;; # Nothing else to do
+--mixed )
+ # Report what has not been updated.
+ git-update-cache --refresh
+ ;;