How do I remove files saying "old mode 100755 new mode 100644" from unstaged changes in Git? – Dev

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For some reason, when I initially did a pull from the repository for a git project of mine,
I got a ton of files in my working copy that have no discernible changes made to them, but keep showing up in my unstaged changes area.

I’m using Git Gui on Windows xp, and when I go to look at the file to see what has changed.
All I see is:

old mode 100755  
new mode 100644  

Does anyone know what this means?

How can I get these files out of my list of unstaged changes? (Very annoying to have to go through 100’s of files, just to pick out files I’ve recently edited and want to commit).


Setting core.filemode to false does work, but make sure the settings in ~/.gitconfig aren’t being overridden by those in .git/config.


That looks like unix file permissions modes to me (755=rwxr-xr-x, 644=rw-r--r--) – the old mode included the +x (executable) flag, the new mode doesn’t.

This msysgit issue’s replies suggests setting core.filemode to false in order to get rid of the issue:

git config core.filemode false


This usually happens when the repo is cloned between Windows and Linux/Unix machines.

Just tell git to ignore filemode change. Here are several ways to do so:

  1. Config ONLY for current repo:

     git config core.filemode false
  2. Config globally:

     git config --global core.filemode false
  3. Add in ~/.gitconfig:

          filemode = false

Just select one of them.


I’ve encountered this problem when copying a git repo with working files from an old hard drive a couple times. The problem stems from the fact that the owner and permissions changed from the old drive/machine to the new one. The long and short of it is, run the following commands to straighten things out (thanks to this superuser answer):

sudo chmod -R -x . # remove the executable bit from all files

The former command will actually resolve the differences that git diff reported, but will revoke your ability to list the directories, so ls ./ fails with ls: .: Permission denied. To fix that:

sudo chmod -R +X . # add the executable bit only for directories

The bad news is that if you do have any files you want to keep executable, such as .sh scripts, you’ll need to revert those. You can do that with the following command for each file:

chmod +x ./ # where is the file you want to make executable again