Git is a powerful version control system that tracks changes in your files and directories. However, sometimes it can be frustrating when Git starts tracking changes to file permissions, especially when you don’t want those changes to be part of your commits.
In this article, we’ll show you how to configure Git to ignore file permission changes, making your Git experience smoother and more efficient.
Step 1: Open the terminal
First, open a terminal window on your system. You can use the default terminal application for your operating system or any other terminal emulator of your choice.
Step 2: Configure Git to ignore file permission changes
To configure Git to ignore file permission changes globally, run the following command in your terminal:
git config --global core.fileMode false
This command sets the core.fileMode configuration option to false, which tells Git to ignore file permission changes when comparing the working tree to the index or HEAD.
If you want to apply this configuration only to a specific repository, navigate to the repository’s root directory and run the following command:
git config core.fileMode false
Step 3: Verify the configuration
To ensure that the configuration was set correctly, you can run the following command:
git config --global --get core.fileMode
For a specific repository, navigate to the repository’s root directory and run:
git config --get core.fileMode
In both cases, the output should be false, indicating that Git is now configured to ignore file permission changes.
By following these simple steps, you have successfully configured Git to ignore file permission changes, either globally or for a specific repository. This configuration can help you avoid unnecessary conflicts and keep your commits focused on the actual content of your files. Remember that you can always revert this configuration by setting core.fileMode back to true if needed.