On Thursday, March 14, 2013 11:54:36 AM UTC-7, Konstantin Khomoutov wrote:
> On Thu, Mar 14, 2013 at 11:24:27AM -0700, joeri...@gmail.com 
> <javascript:>wrote: 
> > How do I reset one working file, but leave the index alone?  git 
> checkout 
> > file does not do that 
> > (it appears to do nothing), nor does git checkout -- file. 
> > 
> > To clarify, I've edited a file, then added it to the index. I now want 
> to 
> > leave the change in the index, 
> > but reset the working file to the checked-in version.   
> git checkout HEAD -- file 

That does not work.  It resets the index and the working space. 

> or 
> git show HEAD:file >file 

This does work.  Seems slightly crude, but better than nothing. 

> `git checkout -- file` did not work for you because if you don't specify 
> where to get the contents from, it assumes the index -- to cite the 
> manual: 
>   When <paths> or --patch are given, git checkout does not switch 
>   branches. It updates the named paths in the working tree from the index 
>   file or from a named <tree-ish> (most often a commit). 

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