git-force-clone man page

git-force-clone — overwrite local repositories with clone

Synopsis

force-clone --help force-clone {remote_url} {destination_path} force-clone --branch {branch_name} {remote_url} {destination_path}

Description

Provides the basic functionality of git clone, but if the destination git repository already exists it will force-reset it to resemble a clone of the remote.

Because it doesn´t actually delete the directory, it is usually significantly faster than the alternative of deleting the directory and cloning the repository from scratch.

CAUTION: If the repository exists, this will destroy all local work: changed files will be reset, local branches and other remotes will be removed.

Process

If target-directory doesn´t exist or isn´t a git repository then the arguments will simply be passed through to git clone.

If target-directory exists and is a git repository then this will:

Options

{remote_url} - The URL for a git remote repository of which to make a clone. {destination_path} - A path to the local git repository location to clone into. --branch {branch_name} - After cloning, checkout this branch.

Examples

git-force-clone -b master git@github.com:me/repo.git ./repo_dir

Author

Written by Robin Winslow robin@robinwinslow.co.uk.

Reporting Bugs

https://github.com/tj/git-extras/issues

See Also

https://github.com/tj/git-extras

Referenced By

git-extras(1).

October 2017 Git Extras