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How to Recover a File that was Deleted by a Commit

I’m still not sure how this happened. It could have resulted from switching back and forth between the MobileUserDocs branch and the 2WaySMS branch. You altered your .gitignore to have it ignore

  1. Find the commit that deleted the file.
git rev-list -n 1 HEAD -- <file_path/>


git rev-list -n 1 HEAD -- doc/user/v1/source/mobile-content/topics/procedures.dita
  1. Checkout the file.
git checkout a39f1d72964dfc6240a7c1d9678a4add9b8bdb7d^ -- doc/user/v1/source/mobile-content/topics/procedures.dita

Or in one command

If $file is the file in question.

git checkout $(git rev-list -n 1 HEAD -- "$file")^ -- "$file"

Note: You must include the quotes.


File Name: “doc/user/v1/source/mobile-content/topics/concepts.dita”

git checkout $(git rev-list -n 1 HEAD -- "doc/user/v1/source/mobile-content/topics/concepts.dita")^ -- "doc/user/v1/source/mobile-content/topics/concepts.dita"

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