When we use git, sometimes we come upon confusing errors. This article aims to take a look at one common error when using version control and provide a possible solution.
Look at this error:
Pull is not possible because you have unmerged files. Please, fix them up in the work tree, and then use 'git add/rm <file>' as appropriate to mark resolution, or use 'git commit -a'.
This error occurs when we have files with unresolved conflicts in our working directory. We need to take a look at the files, make sure to fix any merge conflict, then stage and commit the file to mark it resolved.
The first thing to do with this particular error is use the command line and
git status. This will tell you where your unmerged files are – it will look something like the following:
Unmerged paths: use 'git add/rm <file>' to update what will be committed [ list of files ]
If you are working on your project with a partner, conflicts are the result of something he or she may have written. You want to go over the merge conflicts with your partner to be sure you don’t accidentally get rid of any important code.
Once your merge conflicts are resolved, you can then run
git add/rm <file> or
git commit -a
You can now run
git pull origin [master | main | <name-of-branch>] to pull changes from your remote repository.