Phil Phil - 4 months ago 17
Git Question

Remove a folder from git tracking

I need to exclude a folder (name uploads) from tracking. I tried to run

git rm -r --cached wordpress/wp-content/uploads


and after that I added the path to .gitignore

/wordpress/wp-content/uploads


but when I ran "git status" they show up as deleted. If I try to commit the changes, the files will be deleted, not only removed from tracking.

What I'm doing wrong?

I have also tried

git update-index --assume-unchanged <file>


but this seems to untrack only files. But I need to remove an entire folder (including subfolders) from tracking.

Thank you so much

Answer

I came across this question while Googling for "git remove folder from tracking". The OP's question lead me to the answer. I am summarizing it here for future generations.

Question

How do I remove a folder from my git repository without deleting it from my local machine (i.e., development environment)?

Answer

Step 1. Add the folder path to your repo's root .gitignore file.

path_to_your_folder/

Step 2. Remove the folder from your local git tracking, but keep it on your disk.

git rm -r --cached path_to_your_folder/

Step 3. Push your changes to your git repo.

The folder will be considered "deleted" from Git's point of view (i.e. they are in past history, but not in the latest commit, and people pulling from this repo will get the files removed from their trees), but stay on your working directory because you've used --cached.