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GIT: Getting "nothing added to commit but untracked files present " console output while running $git status command .

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When does git shows message "nothing added to commit but untracked files present " ?

posted Mar 5, 2016 by Vikram Singh

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"nothing added to commit " signinfies that all ur staged changes are committed, so no file is under staging area.
"un tracked files present" signifies that you have added new files locally and going to add in to the repository(file state moving from un tracked to tracked) ,so to add in to staging area and then commit it.

Hope now you are clear on git status output.

answer Mar 6, 2016 by Sachidananda Sahu
Thanks Sachidananda. I have not added any new files, actually when I compile my code then object files gets generated and show as untracked. Can I do something to avoid such type of messages ? If yes then where exactly ?
Yes for sure git provides a feature known as git ignoring files,

so just create a .gitignore file in your repository and mention there about which files you don't want to track so while running git status command, git will ignore those files.

So all temporary files like object files, executable files will be mentioned in this file.

If you want to ignore object files then mention like this in the .gitignore file
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