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I have directory A with files matching directory B. Directory A may have other needed files. Directory B is a git repo.

I want to clone directory B to directory A but git-clone won't allow me to since the directory is non-empty.

I was hoping it would just clone .git and since all the files match I could go from there?

I can't clone into an empty directory because I have files in directory A that are not in directory B and I want to keep them.

Copying .git is not an option since I want refs to push/pull with and I don't want to set them up manually.

Is there any way to do this?

Update: I think this works, can anyone see any problems? -->

cd a
git clone --no-hardlinks --no-checkout ../b a.tmp 
mv a.tmp/.git .
rm -rf a.tmp
git unstage # apparently git thinks all the files are deleted if you don't do this



In the following shell commands existing-dir is a directory whose contents match the tracked files in the repo-to-clone git repository.

# Clone just the repository's .git folder (excluding files as they are already in
# `existing-dir`) into an empty temporary directory
git clone --no-checkout repo-to-clone existing-dir/existing-dir.tmp # might want --no-hardlinks for cloning local repo

# Move the .git folder to the directory with the files.
# This makes `existing-dir` a git repo.
mv existing-dir/existing-dir.tmp/.git existing-dir/

# Delete the temporary directory
rmdir existing-dir/existing-dir.tmp
cd existing-dir

# git thinks all files are deleted, this reverts the state of the repo to HEAD.
# WARNING: any local changes to the files will be lost.
git reset --hard HEAD
Tuesday, June 1, 2021
answered 7 Months ago

No you cannot force a file that is already committed in the repo to be removed just because it is added to the .gitignore

You have to git rm --cached to remove the files that you don't want in the repo. ( --cached since you probably want to keep the local copy but remove from the repo. ) So if you want to remove all the exe's from your repo do

git rm --cached /*.exe

(Note that the asterisk * is quoted from the shell - this lets git, and not the shell, expand the pathnames of files and subdirectories)

Tuesday, June 1, 2021
answered 7 Months ago
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Tuesday, July 27, 2021
answered 5 Months ago

If you tell git to ignore a directory, it will completely ignore everything inside that directory. This means git cannot match your exclude because git is simply not looking at it.

The only way to use excludes in a meaningful way is for a single directory, where you ignore everything but some folder like this:


This will ignore all entries but foo directly under /some/path.

But, most of the time it is much clearer to just explicitly ignore things than using excludes.

Thursday, August 19, 2021
Scott Kausler
answered 4 Months ago

You can use the pathconvert task to do that, with the setonempty property.

<pathconvert refid="myfileset"

will set the property fileset.notempty only if the fileset those refid is myfileset is not empty.

You just have to define myfileset with your directory, and no excludes do get a directory empty test:

<fileset dir="foo/bar" id="myfileset"/>

See this example for a use case:

use the setonempty attribute of pathconvert, with the value "false". This way, if the fileset is empty, the property will not be set. this is good since targets check with their if attribut whether a property is set or not.

so you do something like :

<fileset dir="foo/bar" id="myfileset"/>
<target name="fileset.check">
    <pathconvert refid="myfileset" property="fileset.notempty"
<target name="main" depends="fileset.check" if="fileset.nonempty">
    <!-- your main work goes here -->
Friday, October 29, 2021
answered 1 Month ago
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