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Say I'm in a Git repository. I delete a file and commit that change. I continue working and make some more commits. Then, I find I need to restore that file.

I know I can check out a file using 

git checkout HEAD^ foo.bar

, but I don't know when that file was deleted.

  1. What would be the quickest way to find the commit that deleted a given filename?
  2. What would be the easiest way to get that file back into my working copy?

I'm hoping I don't have to manually browse my logs, check out the entire project for a given SHA and then manually copy that file into my original project checkout.

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To resolve this issue first we need to find the last commit that affected the given path and delete it, for deleting follow the commands

git rev-list -n 1 HEAD -- <file_path>

To checkout the version before commit

git checkout <deleting_commit>^ -- <file_path>

If you are using zsh and have the EXTENDED_GLOB option enabled then use 

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

It will restore a deleted repository in the git repository.

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