On Thu, 18 Jul 2013 10:44:05 -0500
John McKown <john.archie.mck...@gmail.com> wrote:

It should be noted that the index file has a complicated
not-human-readable binary format, and is not for direct intervention by
the user.  It should be treated as a completely opaque data and
manipulated by the Git tools exclusively.

> The staging area is also called the git index. This is probably
> better than I am at explaining:
> http://stackoverflow.com/questions/4084921/what-does-the-git-index-exactly-contain
> but basically the index is in the .git/index directory. Normally this
> is in the working directory of the project. But you can specify a
> different location using various GIT_ prefixed environment variables.
> > I wonder where is stored that  staging area on our machines?
> > Is it in /tmp?

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