Working With Git. (Learn Your Mistakes before you make them)
Git is a powerful feature to help you keep version control of your files.
As a developer, just as with everything, you want to make sure you get adequate information regarding a command before using it.
So, my experience using git on VSCode brought about this writeup.
Inasmuch as I was able to rectify the issue, this is one mistake I don't want to make with a gigantic codebase containing thousands of files. It can cause nightmares to be honest.
So, I had been writing codes and pushing them to my repo on GitHub, then, I had the need to rename some of the files, this caused me to keep getting some errors on my git CLI each time I ran the command
I felt the need to sync all changes with my origin(git Repo).
Roadblock 1: I was able to use
git rm file1.js and this worked fine, but I had a file named try&catch.js which I couldn't remove because git treated the & in the name differently.
Roadblock 2: In the course of only trying to remove the file which I wanted to be deleted, I did
git rm * and this removed all my files from my VSCode.
I was in shock as I didn't know what to do next.
The solution to Roadblock1: As you may have guessed that I changed the naming convention to something else, well that would have worked also, but I didn't do that.
What I did was implemented the escape syntax before the & sign in the name so My git code was
git rm try\&catch.js and this worked awesomely!
The solution to Roadblock2: I used
git reset and then
git ls-files -d -z | xargs -0 git checkout -- and this restored back all my files for me.
I have never been more disturbed with the tremendous work and documentations I have been pushing all this while to my repo only to have it wiped out with a single mistake.
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