git remove tagVersion Control Systems  are specifically designed to help software programmers work together and maintain the complete history of their work. They allow developers to work simultaneously and not overwrite changes made by each other. The system is responsible to maintain the history of each version of everything. There are two types of Version Control System – Centralized version control system (CVCS) and Distributed version control system. GIT is a distributed system. In this article, we’ll take a deep dive into GIT’s command to remove tags. We assume you’re familiar with the basics of Git, but just to recap, let’s take a quick look at the basics. (If you’re new to GIT or Version Control systems, you may want to to take this course first.)

What is  GIT?

GIT is a rapid, distributed revision control and source management system which was initially designed and developed by Linus Torvalds with the Linux kernel in mind. Today git has evolved into an extremely popular and efficient version control system which tracks content such as files and directories. BLOBs (binary large objects) are used to store the file content by git. Trees represent the folders. Note that each tree contains other trees (subfolders) and BLOBs and a simple text file which comprises of the mode, type name  and SHA (Secure Hash Algorithm) of each blob and sub-tree entry. A commit object stores the history of your program. You have to commit each modification you make. The commit file stores the author, committer, comment and any parent commits that directly precede it. Once you commit any changes, you can tag them with a label, to help you look them up easily later on, and often, use to create a manifest. Next we’ll look at how you can remove tags. If terms seem unfamiliar to you, we recommend you take this course to learn GIT basics.

Git Remove Tag

Git remove command removes file from the index or from the working tree and the index. It will not remove a file from just the working directory. The syntax of the git remove command looks like this

git rm [-f | --force] [-n] [-r] [--cached] [--ignore-unmatch] [--quiet] [--] <file>...

Lets take a closer look at the different options of git-rm command.

The file list provided to the remove command can be exact pathnames, file glob patterns, or directory names. The remove command is restricted only to the paths that are known to git. If the name of file is given that is unknown to git, then the remove operation does not remove that file. Note that file globbing matches across directory boundaries. If there exists two directories d and d1, there is a difference between using git rm ‘d*’ and git rm’d/*’.  The former command will also remove all the content of the directory d2. You can learn more about these git commands and master them with the help of this course.

How to Remove Files that have Disappeared from the File System

No available option exists for git rm to remove from the index only paths which have disappeared from the file system. However, there are other ways by which it can be achieved.

We hope this tutorial helped you see how you can use git commands to remove tags and other files cleanly. You can explore this further with the help of this advanced GIT course.

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