On Tue, 15 Dec 2015 13:33:56 -0800 (PST)
Ryan Milligan <cei...@gmail.com> wrote:

> Hello all, I’m not really sure how to quickly sum up the scenario I’m 
> trying to achieve here, so this is going to run a little bit long.
> Basically, I’ve run into several situations where I want to be able
> to create a commit such that:
> So the question is, does something exist that can do something like
> this already? If not, do the gurus think this would be a good fit for
> a feature request? 

Sorry, I have no time ATM to read through the whole message but let me
suggest to try out two things right away.

First, for individual files, you can always use `git show` + shell

    git show $someRev:path/to/file >path/to/file

would overwrite the file at path/to/file with its contents as found in
commit $someRev.

Second, you can still check your files out through the index while
simply fooling Git about where the index is located:

   export GIT_INDEX_FILE=`mktemp /tmp/indexXXXXXX`
   git read-tree -i -u $revA
   rm -f "$GIT_INDEX_FILE"

You can easily make a function out of this code and put it into your

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