Recover files from git after deletion is committed

Posted by Jason Noble on 06/03/2009 in Uncategorized |

As I work with git, I have occasionally deleted files that I later end up needing. You can restore the files, but it’s not an intuitive process.

First, I looked at the output of git log to find the commit that I deleted the files with.

Then I ran:

git diff --diff-filter=D --name-only HEAD@{'7 days ago'} | \
grep -v ^doc | perl -ne 'chomp; 
print "git show e2ae03f14ce81a3e24ec6cbe2e73767f4c6fed1b -- $_ > $_\n";' | sh

This restored all the files I deleted that did not start with doc.

These files show up as diff files, so you may have to remove the “- ” at the beginning of the lines and commit messages. But hey, it’s better than not having the files you need.

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