I am a newbie with GIT. I previously only had experience with CVS and SVN.

I am working with some other people on a common project, with some main 
common source, called "origin", or what in GIT is called "master" (I 
think). I got my local working copy by using "git clone".
Now, in my local working copy I sometimes make small changes only for 
myself (for readability, like newlines, or more spaces or tabs, or small 
comments). However, I also want to stay up-to-date with the main "master 
code", so I want to do a "git -pull". What I expected what would happen is 
that git would warn me that there are some conflicts (in my local working 
code) and I would have to edit these conflicts out from my local code. 
Which is fine with me.
But, instead of that, GIT gives me the following error:
error: Your local changes to the following files would be overwritten by 
Please, commit your changes or stash them before you can merge.
Now, I don't want to commit my changes, because they would only cause 
unnecessary conflicts for my other colleagues and most of these changes are 
not relevant for anybody else.
I also don't want to create a different branch (which I understand is what 
"git -stash" would do).
Right now, it seems the only thing I can do is un-doing my local changes, 
which sort of goes against the idea of having a repository.
So: is there a way to merge the up-to-date "master code" unto my own local 
code without having to commit my code first or having to make branches?



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