Mausimo Mausimo - 1 year ago 112
Git Question

What happens to git commits created in a detached HEAD state?

This is what happened:

I have a branch A. On branch A I committed a bunch of changes. I was not happy with the code, so I checked out the previous commit in branch A. I then made a bunch more changes and committed them on branch A. Now I can not find this commit anywhere. Did I lose this code?

Answer Source

The old commit is still in the reflog.

git reflog

This will show a list of commits, and the "lost" commit should be in there. You can make it into a new branch. For example, if the SHA-1 is ba5a739, then you can make a new branch named "new-branch" at the old commit with:

git branch new-branch ba5a739

Note that "lost" commits will get deleted when the database is pruned.

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