git rm --cached takes multiple files, so I don't see the problem with that.
Say if you saved all the filenames in a file, you can do
cat rm-these-files | xargs git rm --cached
On Friday, August 23, 2013 2:47:43 PM UTC-7, Dave Williams wrote:
> I am dealing with a large project where people have committed files before
> setting up .gitignore properly or have subsequently committed with "git add
> As a result there are lots of files that should not be under version
> control that need removing but equally there are some exceptions that
> should be tracked.
> I can list the "tracked but would have been ignored" files using the alias
> described in
> which works reasonably well. I can then look at the files and then
> determine their fate.
> For the exceptions files I want to add a negation .gitignore rule to make
> it clear that tracking them was intended rather than just living with the
> fact they are already being tracked. It also means I can ultimately clear
> the index and re-import all the files with a "git add ." to deal with the
> large number of files that shouldn't be there in one action.
> Check-ignore would help me deveIop/check the new rules but it checks the
> index first and matches anything already being tracked. It does this in
> order to be consistent with git status and git add characteristics. This
> means the files I am looking at never show up.
> I dont particularly want to remove the entries (git rm --cached) file by
> file (or delete the whole index until I am ready) so that check-ignore
> can tell me which rule is being applied. Is there another way of achieving
> the same thing?
> If not this does seem like a reasonable use case in terms of debugging
> -i.e. to report the rule status irrespective of whether the test path name
> is already being tracked. Therefore might there be an argument for adding
> another program option to do this (its trivial to implement)?
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