I spend my development time split between two computers, my work laptop and my home desktop. Inevitably, I start some work on my laptop and want to resume it on my desktop or vice versa. In the past, a lot of times I would create a new branch or a new commit and prefix it with
[WIP] but lately I’ve been curious if there was a cleaner way to do this.
Turns out there is! And it’s fairly simple.
On computer A, we stash all of our changes
# Stash all the changes (stash-all is an alias to stash untracked too) $ git stash save --include-untracked
Then we create a patch files from the stashed changes
# Create patch file from stash $ git stash show -p > patch
Finally, we move that
patch file to the other computer and run
# Apply the patch changes back to our project $ cd path/to/project $ git apply path/to/patch
I still think creating a WIP branch is probably easier overall, but this way we don’t have to create anything to clean up later.