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GIT-RM(1)			  Git Manual			     GIT-RM(1)

NAME
       git-rm -	Remove files from the working tree and from the	index

SYNOPSIS
       git rm [-f | --force] [-n] [-r] [--cached] [--ignore-unmatch] [--quiet] [--] <file>...

DESCRIPTION
       Remove files from the index, or from the	working	tree and the index.
       git rm will not remove a	file from just your working directory. (There
       is no option to remove a	file only from the working tree	and yet	keep
       it in the index;	use /bin/rm if you want	to do that.) The files being
       removed have to be identical to the tip of the branch, and no updates
       to their	contents can be	staged in the index, though that default
       behavior	can be overridden with the -f option. When --cached is given,
       the staged content has to match either the tip of the branch or the
       file on disk, allowing the file to be removed from just the index.

OPTIONS
       <file>...
	   Files to remove. Fileglobs (e.g.  *.c) can be given to remove all
	   matching files. If you want Git to expand file glob characters, you
	   may need to shell-escape them. A leading directory name (e.g.  dir
	   to remove dir/file1 and dir/file2) can be given to remove all files
	   in the directory, and recursively all sub-directories, but this
	   requires the	-r option to be	explicitly given.

       -f, --force
	   Override the	up-to-date check.

       -n, --dry-run
	   Don't actually remove any file(s). Instead, just show if they exist
	   in the index	and would otherwise be removed by the command.

       -r
	   Allow recursive removal when	a leading directory name is given.

       --
	   This	option can be used to separate command-line options from the
	   list	of files, (useful when filenames might be mistaken for
	   command-line	options).

       --cached
	   Use this option to unstage and remove paths only from the index.
	   Working tree	files, whether modified	or not,	will be	left alone.

       --ignore-unmatch
	   Exit	with a zero status even	if no files matched.

       -q, --quiet
	   git rm normally outputs one line (in	the form of an rm command) for
	   each	file removed. This option suppresses that output.

DISCUSSION
       The <file> list given to	the command can	be exact pathnames, file glob
       patterns, or leading directory names. The command removes only the
       paths that are known to Git. Giving the name of a file that you have
       not told	Git about does not remove that file.

       File globbing matches across directory boundaries. Thus,	given two
       directories d and d2, there is a	difference between using git rm	'd*'
       and git rm 'd/*', as the	former will also remove	all of directory d2.

REMOVING FILES THAT HAVE DISAPPEARED FROM THE FILESYSTEM
       There is	no option for git rm to	remove from the	index only the paths
       that have disappeared from the filesystem. However, depending on	the
       use case, there are several ways	that can be done.

   Using "git commit -a"
       If you intend that your next commit should record all modifications of
       tracked files in	the working tree and record all	removals of files that
       have been removed from the working tree with rm (as opposed to git rm),
       use git commit -a, as it	will automatically notice and record all
       removals. You can also have a similar effect without committing by
       using git add -u.

   Using "git add -A"
       When accepting a	new code drop for a vendor branch, you probably	want
       to record both the removal of paths and additions of new	paths as well
       as modifications	of existing paths.

       Typically you would first remove	all tracked files from the working
       tree using this command:

	   git ls-files	-z | xargs -0 rm -f

       and then	untar the new code in the working tree.	Alternately you	could
       rsync the changes into the working tree.

       After that, the easiest way to record all removals, additions, and
       modifications in	the working tree is:

	   git add -A

       See git-add(1).

   Other ways
       If all you really want to do is to remove from the index	the files that
       are no longer present in	the working tree (perhaps because your working
       tree is dirty so	that you cannot	use git	commit -a), use	the following
       command:

	   git diff --name-only	--diff-filter=D	-z | xargs -0 git rm --cached

SUBMODULES
       Only submodules using a gitfile (which means they were cloned with a
       Git version 1.7.8 or newer) will	be removed from	the work tree, as
       their repository	lives inside the .git directory	of the superproject.
       If a submodule (or one of those nested inside it) still uses a .git
       directory, git rm will move the submodules git directory	into the
       superprojects git directory to protect the submodule's history. If it
       exists the submodule.<name> section in the gitmodules(5)	file will also
       be removed and that file	will be	staged (unless --cached	or -n are
       used).

       A submodule is considered up-to-date when the HEAD is the same as
       recorded	in the index, no tracked files are modified and	no untracked
       files that aren't ignored are present in	the submodules work tree.
       Ignored files are deemed	expendable and won't stop a submodule's	work
       tree from being removed.

       If you only want	to remove the local checkout of	a submodule from your
       work tree without committing the	removal, use git-submodule(1) deinit
       instead.

EXAMPLES
       git rm Documentation/\*.txt
	   Removes all *.txt files from	the index that are under the
	   Documentation directory and any of its subdirectories.

	   Note	that the asterisk * is quoted from the shell in	this example;
	   this	lets Git, and not the shell, expand the	pathnames of files and
	   subdirectories under	the Documentation/ directory.

       git rm -f git-*.sh
	   Because this	example	lets the shell expand the asterisk (i.e. you
	   are listing the files explicitly), it does not remove
	   subdir/git-foo.sh.

BUGS
       Each time a superproject	update removes a populated submodule (e.g.
       when switching between commits before and after the removal) a stale
       submodule checkout will remain in the old location. Removing the	old
       directory is only safe when it uses a gitfile, as otherwise the history
       of the submodule	will be	deleted	too. This step will be obsolete	when
       recursive submodule update has been implemented.

SEE ALSO
       git-add(1)

GIT
       Part of the git(1) suite

Git 2.13.2			  06/24/2017			     GIT-RM(1)

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