Github is mostly used by developers for version control and collaborating with other developers on the same project. There are many functionalities provided by the Github like you can keep track of the changes made by you and also keep backups for the previous changes. However, sometimes you can get the error after committing to the Github repository like “ please commit your changes or stash them before you merge“.
In this entire tutorial you will learn how to solve the please commit your changes or stash them before you merge error.
Why does the please commit your changes or stash Error come?
Most of cases the error Please, commit your changes or stash them before you can merge comes when you have made any changes to the local machine. After that, you must have pushed the changes to the Github remote repository. Now if anyone will pull all the changes from the remote then they will get the error.
error: Your local changes to the following files would be overwritten by merge:; Please, commit your changes or stash them before you can merge.
How to solve the commit your changes Error?
One of the best solutions to solve this ” please commit your changes or stash them before you merge” error is to not merge with the local modifications as Github is protecting you from unwanted changes in your code.
You can follow the below steps to solve this error.
Step 1: Commit the changes
The first step is to commit to any changes you have made inside the project directory. To commit run the below command.
git commit -m "Your message"
Step 2: Store your changes temporary
After step one now you have to store all the changes in the stack.
Step 3: Pull the code from the remote repository
After stacking the changes, pull the files from the remote. To do so run the below command.
git pull <remote name> <remote branch name> (or) switch branch
Step 4: Pop the changes
The last step is to pop all the changes that were saved inside the stack.
Run the below bash command to pop.
git stash pop
Now you can commit the changes and push them to the remote repository. You will not get the error “please commit your changes or stash them before you merge” when you will pull the changes again in your local repository.
The error please commit your changes before you merge mainly comes when there are conflicts between the local and remote repository. If you are getting this error then you can solve it using the above steps.
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