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-rw-r--r--Documentation/git-reset.txt35
1 files changed, 29 insertions, 6 deletions
diff --git a/Documentation/git-reset.txt b/Documentation/git-reset.txt
index dc73dca..c137183 100644
--- a/Documentation/git-reset.txt
+++ b/Documentation/git-reset.txt
@@ -79,6 +79,13 @@ git reset --option target
to reset the HEAD to another commit (`target`) with the different
reset options depending on the state of the files.
+In these tables, A, B, C and D are some different states of a
+file. For example, the first line of the first table means that if a
+file is in state A in the working tree, in state B in the index, in
+state C in HEAD and in state D in the target, then "git reset --soft
+target" will put the file in state A in the working tree, in state B
+in the index and in state D in HEAD.
+
working index HEAD target working index HEAD
----------------------------------------------------
A B C D --soft A B D
@@ -107,12 +114,28 @@ reset options depending on the state of the files.
--hard C C C
--merge C C C
-In these tables, A, B, C and D are some different states of a
-file. For example, the last line of the last table means that if a
-file is in state B in the working tree and the index, and in a
-different state C in HEAD and in the target, then "git reset
---merge target" will put the file in state C in the working tree,
-in the index and in HEAD.
+ working index HEAD target working index HEAD
+ ----------------------------------------------------
+ B C C D --soft B C D
+ --mixed B D D
+ --hard D D D
+ --merge (disallowed)
+
+ working index HEAD target working index HEAD
+ ----------------------------------------------------
+ B C C C --soft B C C
+ --mixed B C C
+ --hard C C C
+ --merge B C C
+
+"reset --merge" is meant to be used when resetting out of a conflicted
+merge. Any mergy operation guarantees that the work tree file that is
+involved in the merge does not have local change wrt the index before
+it starts, and that it writes the result out to the work tree. So if
+we see some difference between the index and the target and also
+between the index and the work tree, then it means that we are not
+resetting out from a state that a mergy operation left after failing
+with a conflict. That is why we disallow --merge option in this case.
The following tables show what happens when there are unmerged
entries: