Is there a way to issue the command:

git checkout NameOfFile

on a modified and unstaged file from within MAGIT?

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    You can press k to kill the changes when point is on the same line with the unstaged file.
    – Tu Do
    May 26 '15 at 16:34
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    Try x when hovering a hunk in spacemacs. Oct 12 '18 at 13:20
  • @moritzschaefer There is no indication that this question applies to spacemacs.
    – user12563
    Oct 19 '18 at 16:39

You can use one of the below to discard changes in unstaged files:

  • M-x magit-revert-item (bound to v in magit-status-mode)
  • M-x magit-discard-item (bound to k in magit-status-mode) - works on staged items too

Using either method will ask you to confirm before discarding.

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    You can also use k which is bound to magit-discard-item in magit-mode. May 26 '15 at 16:35
  • Yes, that works too. May 26 '15 at 16:36
  • Tried using both methods, however I still receive the message: "Nothing to discard here". Jun 12 '15 at 15:55
  • thanks! Magit-mode seems like the best way to do just about everything I've found... Apr 9 '16 at 16:32
  • @user2522280 Have you saved your file? git status should give you information that the file has been modified.
    – user12563
    Oct 19 '18 at 16:40

Reversing, reverting and discarding are distinct actions. Together with staging and unstaging, they are referred to as "apply variants".

To discard a change means to throw it away. Only un-committed changes can be discarded. When a staged change is discarded it is not only removed from the index (that is known as unstaging), but also from the work tree.

To reverse a change means to apply it to the work tree in reverse. Both committed and merely staged changes can be reversed. (Reversing staged changes is actually useful, i.e. when splitting up a commit).

Only commits can be reverted, in other regards it's similar to reversing.

See https://github.com/magit/magit/wiki/History-Manipulation for details.

  • "Reverting staged changes..." - you meant "Reversing staged changes..." I guess
    – npostavs
    May 27 '15 at 13:41
  • Yes. Common mistake because this distinction is not as clear as the other :-)
    – tarsius
    May 27 '15 at 14:27

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