-'git-rm' [-f] [-n] [-
v] [--] <file>...
+'git-rm' [-f] [-n] [-] [--] <file>...
-A convenience wrapper for git-update-index --remove. For those coming
-from cvs, git-rm provides an operation similar to "cvs rm" or "cvs
+Remove files from the working tree and from the index. The
+files have to be identical to the tip of the branch, and no
+updates to its contents must have been placed in the staging
- Files to remove from the index and optionally, from the
+ Files to remove. Fileglobs (e.g. `*.c`) can be given to
+ remove all matching files. Also a leading directory name
+ (e.g. `dir` to add `dir/file1` and `dir/file2`) can be
+ given to remove all files in the directory, recursively,
+ but this requires `-r` option to be given for safety.
Remove files from the working tree as well as from the index.
Don't actually remove the file(s), just show if they exist in
+ Allow recursive removal when a leading directory name is
This option can be used to separate command-line options from
the list of files, (useful when filenames might be mistaken
for command-line options).
+ This option can be used to tell the command to remove
+ the paths only from the index, leaving working tree
-The list of <file> given to the command is fed to `git-ls-files`
-command to list files that are registered in the index and
-are not ignored/excluded by `$GIT_DIR/info/exclude` file or
-`.gitignore` file in each directory. This means two things:
-. You can put the name of a directory on the command line, and the
- command will remove all files in it and its subdirectories (the
- directories themselves are never removed from the working tree);
-. Giving the name of a file that is not in the index does not
+The list of <file> given to the command can be exact pathnames,
+file glob patterns, or leading directory name. The command
+removes only the paths that is known to git. Giving the name of
+a file that you have not told git about does not remove that file.
Remove all git-*.sh scripts that are in the index. The files
- are removed from the index, and (because of the -f option),
- from the working tree as well. Because this example lets the
- shell expand the asterisk (i.e. you are listing the files
- explicitly), it does not remove `subdir/git-foo.sh`.
+ are removed from the index, and from the working
+ tree. Because this example lets the shell expand the
+ asterisk (i.e. you are listing the files explicitly), it
+ does not remove `subdir/git-foo.sh`.