Re: git refuses to switch to older branches

From: Junio C Hamano <>
Date: 2006-08-20 08:41:07
Jakub Narebski <> writes:

> Martin Waitz wrote:
>> now that gitweb.cgi is autogenerated, git refuses to switch to old
>> branches unless force is applied:
>>       fatal: Untracked working tree file 'gitweb/gitweb.cgi' would
>>       be overwritten by merge.
>> This safety measure is quite useful normally, but for files that are
>> explicitly marked as to-be-ignored it should not be neccessary.
>> But all the code that handles .gitignore is only used by ls-files now.
>> Does it make sense to add exclude handling to unpack-trees.c, too?
> I think it is "better to be annoying but safe" idea of git. You can always
> do "git checkout <branch> gitweb/gitweb.cgi" and "git checkout <branch>",
> and not use -f.

I think you are talking backwards.  Newer branch have .cgi
generated and older branch has it tracked.  After you have built
in a newer branch, checking out an older branch without -f
option would play it safe not to clobber .cgi which is
annoying.  So workaround you would want to suggest is TO USE -f.

> Or add gitweb.cgi to .gitignore in the old branch.

And this "adding something to old one" is nonsense ;-).

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