Interactively add content in git

It’s often handy to add changes you’ve made to your local branch in git in a more interactive fashion. Sometimes the changes you have make more sense in multiple commits than one catch all commit.

It’s quite easy to do this in git and here’s how:

git add -p
  

The -p flag say to add changes interactively, breaking cohesive changes up into chunks. Here’s roughly what it will look like:

interactive git add

Now that you see your changes, you have a few options:

  • y – Add the given chunk.
  • n – Skip the given chunk (eg “next”).
  • s – Split the given chunk up into smaller chunks.
  • q – Stop adding chunks and exit out of add.
  • ? – See all the other available sub commands.

Hope that’s helpful.

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