Difference between git add -A and git add command

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Hi Guys,

I am new to Git. I am confused between git add -A and git add . command. Can anyone explain when to use these two commands?

Dec 22, 2020 in Git & GitHub by akhtar
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Hi@akhtar,

The difference lies in which files get added. git add -A command will add all modified and untracked files in the entire repository.

Whereas git add . will only add modified and untracked files in the current directory and any sub-directories. If you are at the root of the repo, they have the same effect. The difference becomes clear if you are one or more levels below the root.

answered Dec 22, 2020 by MD
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