Force git stash to overwrite added files


I have some files which were untracked in git. I made some changes and wanted to commit them, but realised I had forgotten to check in the unmodified files first. So I stashed the files, then added the unmodified versions.

Then when I apply the stash to the repository, I get conflicts due to the files having already been added.

How can I apply the stash, and force the versions in the stash to be used in preference to the originals in the repository?



Use git checkout instead of git stash apply.

WARNING: The command below will restore all the files in the current directory (.) to their stashed version. If you have uncommitted or unstaged changes, they will be permanently lost:

  • If you edited files after creating the stash, those changes will be lost.
  • If you only stashed specific files (using git stash push <pathspec>... or git stash -p), do not use this command because changes in all other files will be lost.

Use git status to check that there are no uncommitted or unstaged changes before running this command.

# WARNING: uncommitted/unstaged changes will be permanently lost
$ git checkout stash -- .
$ git commit

If there are changes to other files in the working directory that should be kept, here is a less heavy-handed alternative:

$ git merge --squash --strategy-option=theirs stash

If there are changes in the index, or the merge will touch files with local changes, git will refuse to merge. Individual files can be checked out from the stash using

$ git checkout stash -- <paths...>

or interactively with

$ git checkout -p stash

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