Paul Wagland Paul Wagland - 3 years ago 158
Git Question

How to delete a stash created with git stash create?

Git stash seems to do a lot of what I want, except that it is a little hard to script, as the if you have no changes, then

git stash; git stash pop
will do something different than if you do have changes in your repository.

It appears that
git stash create
is the answer to that problem, and everything works, except for one thing… I can't get rid of the created stash. Is there any way to get rid of the stash?

To make it 100% clear what I am doing:

Create the stash:

~/tmp/a(master) $ git stash create
~/tmp/a(master) $ git st
# On branch master
# Changes to be committed:
# (use "git reset HEAD <file>..." to unstage)
# new file: b
~/tmp/a(master) $ git reset --hard
HEAD is now at 555d572 log message

Use the stash:

~/tmp/a(master) $ git apply 60629375d0eb12348f9d31933dd348ad0f038435
fatal: can't open patch '60629375d0eb12348f9d31933dd348ad0f038435': No such file or directory
~/tmp/a(master) $ git stash apply 60629375d0eb12348f9d31933dd348ad0f038435
# On branch master
# Changes to be committed:
# (use "git reset HEAD <file>..." to unstage)
# new file: b

Delete the stash: (except that this last bit doesn't work)

~/tmp/a(master) $ git stash drop !$
git stash drop 60629375d0eb12348f9d31933dd348ad0f038435
'60629375d0eb12348f9d31933dd348ad0f038435' is not a stash reference

Answer Source

You don't need to delete a stash created in this manner. Since nothing references the stash commit, it will get garbage collected eventually.

Update: To clarify, the original question asks specifically about git stash create, not the default git stash save. To drop a typical stash, see Charles's excellent answer.

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