Removing untracked junk files
In a nutshell:
git clean -dn shows you all untracked files and directories that would be removed (dry run).
git clean -df effectively removes those files and directories (force).
- You have a file called
unwanted-fileand a directory called
- You want to get rid of all files and directories that Git lists as “untracked” with one simple command.
On branch master Untracked files: (use "git add <file>..." to include in what will be committed) unwanted-directory/ unwanted-file nothing added to commit but untracked files present (use "git add" to track)
Preview what will be deleted
Safety first, so let’s have a look at which files will be removed before we actually do it.
git clean -n will simulate the deletion of all untracked files. Untracked directories are not included by default, which is why we add
-d. In short:
$ git clean -dn Would remove unwanted-directory/ Would remove unwanted-file
Actually delete those items
If that looks good to you, you can tell Git to go to town on those files.
git clean -f will force deletion of the files. Again, you’ll need to include
-d if you want the directories to be nuked as well.
$ git clean -df Removing unwanted-directory/ Removing unwanted-file
Your working directory should be clean now.
On branch master nothing to commit, working tree clean