Vasos Koupparis

How to share a git stash with another developer or yourself to another machine

Are you a web developer or software engineer looking for an easy way to share your git stashes with another user, or even from one machine to another? If so, this blog post is perfect for you! Here we’ll explore the steps needed to successfully and securely share a git stash with someone else. We’ll discuss the benefits of using such a strategy alongside potential pitfalls as well as answer some common questions. By the end of this blog post, you’ll have all the tools necessary to confidently share git stashes without worrying about costly mistakes or security headaches. Let’s get started!

What is a git stash and what are its benefits?

Git stash offers an easy way to set aside your changes and come back later with a clean working directory. Imagine having the freedom to work on any branch without worrying about committing unfinished tasks or cluttering up your workspace – that’s what this feature can do for you!

Creating the stash as a patch

The following git command will create a patch file that contains all the differences represented by the set of changes in the stash.

					$ git stash show "stash@{0}" -p > changes.patch

The “stash@{0}” is the ref of the stash.

If you want a different one just use $ git stash list to see your list of stashes and select which one you want to patch.

Applying the patch

Transfer/Send the patch file generated from one machine to the other and drop it into the root of your project directory.

Then the following command will do all the magic!!! KEEP ON HACKING!

					$ git apply changes.patch

Reversing the patch

					$ git apply changes.patch --reverse

Troubleshooting tips if you experience any problems with stashing or sharing your code

  1. Ensure that there are no syntactical discrepancies in your code. Confirm all formatting is accurate and brackets, parentheses, and quotation marks have been securely closed.
  2. Review the version control system for any potential conflicts between local and remote repos to ensure flawless execution of commands.


Want to quickly share a git stash with another developer or yourself on another machine?

Try using the steps above and see how they can help streamline your process. If you have any questions or want to chat about this more, feel free to reach out. I love helping people learn and use git!

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