Angus Hammond <> writes:

> ... Personally I'd like to see
> "git add foo" here be equivalent "git rm --cached foo", but I can
> understand how others might prefer git add not to be destructive like
> that.

Funny that you bring it up this week.  As I wrote in

I think the following topic should be revisited:

-- >8 --
From: Junio C Hamano <>
Date: Tue, 19 Apr 2011 12:18:20 -0700
Subject: [PATCH] git add: notice removal of tracked paths by default

When run without "-u" or "-A" option,

    $ edit subdir/x
    $ create subdir/y
    $ rm subdir/z
    $ git add subdir/

does not notice removal of paths (e.g. subdir/z) from the working tree.
Make "git add" to pretend as if "-A" is given when there is a pathspec on
the command line.  "git add" without any argument continues to be a no-op.

When resolving a conflict to remove a path, the current code tells you to
"git rm $path", but now with this patch you can say "git add $path".  Of
course you can do "git add -A $path" without this patch.

In either case, the operation "git add" is about "adding the state of the
path in the working tree to the index".  The state may happen to be "path
removed", not "path has an updated content".

The semantic change can be seen by a breakage in t2200, test #15.  There,
a merge has conflicts in path4 and path6 (which are removed from the
working tree), and test checks "git add path4" to resolve it must fail,
and makes sure "add -u" needs to be used.  We do not have to do this

Signed-off-by: Junio C Hamano <>
 builtin/add.c         | 3 +++
 t/ | 4 ----
 2 files changed, 3 insertions(+), 4 deletions(-)

diff --git a/builtin/add.c b/builtin/add.c
index 89dce56..4eae028 100644
--- a/builtin/add.c
+++ b/builtin/add.c
@@ -389,6 +389,9 @@ int cmd_add(int argc, const char **argv, const char *prefix)
        if (addremove && take_worktree_changes)
                die(_("-A and -u are mutually incompatible"));
+       /* default "git add pathspec..." to "git add -A pathspec..." */
+       if (!take_worktree_changes && argc)
+               addremove = 1;
        if (!show_only && ignore_missing)
                die(_("Option --ignore-missing can only be used together with 
        if ((addremove || take_worktree_changes) && !argc) {
diff --git a/t/ b/t/
index 4cdebda..b2fcd01 100755
--- a/t/
+++ b/t/
@@ -150,10 +150,6 @@ test_expect_success 'add -u resolves unmerged paths' '
        echo 2 >path3 &&
        echo 2 >path5 &&
-       # Explicit resolving by adding removed paths should fail
-       test_must_fail git add path4 &&
-       test_must_fail git add path6 &&
        # "add -u" should notice removals no matter what stages
        # the index entries are in.
        git add -u &&

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