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If you've been using SVN before trying out Git, you might wonder what you should do to properly rename or move files and directories in your Git repository. The answer is that you can simply rename or move them. This is due to the fact that Git handles renaming and moving quite differently from SVN:

  • SVN In SVN, you have to explicitly mark renames and moves as such, otherwise SVN will think you've created a new file/directory.
  • Git In Git, you just rename or move your files/directories, and later Git will automatically detect renames. For details, refer to Local Operations on the Working Tree
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