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Assume that you have a lot of tracked and untracked files in your working directory and you only want to index tracked files in one go so that untracked files would be ignored in next commit. This is when git add -u command comes in handy. For more information, click git add link.


Check the current status


inanzzz@inanzzz:~/project$ git status
On branch develop
Changes not staged for commit:
(use "git add/rm <file>..." to update what will be committed)
(use "git checkout -- <file>..." to discard changes in working directory)

deleted: services.yml
modified: index.html.twig

Untracked files:
(use "git add <file>..." to include in what will be committed)

new_file.txt

no changes added to commit (use "git add" and/or "git commit -a")

Add only tracked files and ignore untracked


inanzzz@inanzzz:~/project$ git add -u
inanzzz@inanzzz:~/project$ git status
On branch develop
Changes to be committed:
(use "git reset HEAD <file>..." to unstage)

deleted: services.yml
modified: index.html.twig

Untracked files:
(use "git add <file>..." to include in what will be committed)

new_file.txt

Commit and verify untracked files


inanzzz@inanzzz:~/project$ git commit -m 'Just commit indexed/tracked'
[develop 31796e2] Just commit indexed/tracked
2 files changed, 1 insertion(+), 4 deletions(-)
delete mode 100644 services.yml
inanzzz@inanzzz:~/project$ git status
On branch develop
Untracked files:
(use "git add <file>..." to include in what will be committed)

new_file.txt

nothing added to commit but untracked files present (use "git add" to track)