Sebastian De Deyne
Designer & developer at Spatie

How to do a case sensitive file rename in git on macOS

Mac is case insensitive, Linux isn’t. This has caused me trouble in the past after deploying my code to an Ubuntu server.

If you rename a file on Mac, git won’t pick up any changes if you only change the case.

mv app.js App.js

macOS displays the newly-cased filename, but git doesn’t see any changes.

In the past I’ve worked around this by doing two commits: one to change it to a different filename entirely, and then another to what it should be. app.jsappp.jsApp.js 🤦‍♂️

Turns out there’s an easier way: git mv. If you use the git mv command to rename the file, git picks it up correctly.

git mv app.js App.js

That’s it. Happy committing!

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