If I want to merge into a Git branch the changes made only to some of the files changed in a particular commit which includes changes to multiple files, how can this be achieved?
Suppose the Git commit called
stuff has changes to files
D but I want to merge only
stuff‘s changes to files
B. It sounds like a job for
git cherry-pick but
cherry-pick only knows how to merge entire commits, not a subset of the files.
I’d do it with
cherry-pick -n (
--no-commit) which lets you inspect (and modify) the result before committing:
git cherry-pick -n
# unstage modifications you don't want to keep, and remove the
# modifications from the work tree as well.
# this does work recursively!
git checkout HEAD
# commit; the message will have been stored for you by cherry-pick
If the vast majority of modifications are things you don’t want, instead of checking out individual paths (the middle step), you could reset everything back, then add in what you want:
# unstage everything
git reset HEAD
# stage the modifications you do want
# make the work tree match the index
# (do this from the top level of the repo)
git checkout .