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How do I remove a file from a git repositorie's index without removing the file from the working tree?

If I had a file ./notes.txt that was being tracked by git, I could run git rm notes.txt. But that would remove the file. I'd rather want git just to stop tracking the file.

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You could just use git rm --cached notes.txt. This will keep the file but remove it from the index.

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