I want to rename a number of tracked but unchanged files via magit. I know that I can use R (magit-file-rename). However, magit-status does not show me unchanged files.

How can I toggle the visibility of the unchanged files?

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You can add a section with 'tracked-files' to the git status buffer using

(magit-add-section-hook 'magit-status-sections-hook
                        #'magit-insert-tracked-files nil t)

(refresh the git-status buffer after adding the hook function).

Read the docstring of magit-add-section-hook to find how to control the insert location of the new section.

I guess there is no need to 'toggle' it as you can just fold/unfold the section.

Toggling the section is not supported, you would have to write your own function for that.

B.t.w. there is also the vc-dir command (C-x v d), which might be more useful for listing files in a single dir (and there is vc-rename-file also).

  • I was thinking I could toggle the visibility of the section, but as you point out, folding and unfolding the section is sufficient. Regarding vc-dir, something seems to be wrong with my setup. The VC-Backend, working dir, branch and stash status are OK, but the remote is missing and, more importantly, no files or directories are listed, just ./.
    – loris
    Commented Nov 1, 2022 at 9:23
  • I think vc-dir lets you choose a single directory to list. That's why I mentioned it might be handier 'only' when listing files in a single dir. I am otherwise not sure how it works, I have never used it (just found it while answering here) Commented Nov 1, 2022 at 9:33

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