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I made some updates on my local machine, pushed them to a remote repository, and now I'm trying to pull the changes to the server and I get the message;

error: Your local changes to the following files would be overwritten by merge:


Please, commit your changes or stash them before you can merge.

So I ran,

git checkout -- wp-content/w3tc-config/master.php

and tried again and I get the same message. I'm assuming that w3tc changed something in the config file on the server. I don't care whether the local copy or remote copy goes on the server (I suppose the remote one is best), I just want to be able to merge the rest of my changes (plugin updates).

Any ideas?


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You can’t modify the local modifications. Because git protects from losing important changes for that we have 3 options:

Option 1: Commit the changes using

git commit -m” custom message”

Option 2: Stash it

Stash can act like a sack. Where you can push changes and pop them in reverse order use the following commands.

git stash

And do a merge and pull the stash

git stash pop

Option 3: Discard the local changes


git reset --hard


git checkout -t -f remote/branch


Discard local changes for a specific file


git checkout filename

Also, these git commands will surely help you if you are regularly working with git.

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Thanks, for your detailed information it works for me.

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