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Git error: Your local changes to the following files would be overwritten by checkout alvin August 8, 2019 - 8:30am

When you get the Git checkout error, “Your local changes to the following files would be overwritten by checkout,” one likely cause is that files in the master branch are indeed newer than the files in your feature branch.

But another possibility that I just learned about is that you did a git add, but forgot to do a git commit before trying to switch branches. My current wrong/accidental workflow looks like this:

git status message - Your branch is ahead of origin/master by X commits

git status FAQ: When I issue the "git status" command, I see the following "Your branch is ahead or origin/master ..." git message:

# On branch master
# Your branch is ahead of 'origin/master' by 5 commits.
#
nothing to commit (working directory clean)

What does this "Your branch is ahead of 'origin/master' by X commits" message mean? I keep committing my changes with "git commit", so this message seems to be in error.