How do I refresh ranger file manager? It automatically refreshes if a file is changed/edited/created/removed inside current directory, but I want to be able to force it to do so. How would I do that?

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See help ?, k(eybindings):

Keybindings in `browser'
       R reload_cwd

Just press R.

There is actually bug where reload_cwd will not work when it just shows "empty" - it will be fixed with this PR: https://github.com/ranger/ranger/pull/2174

  • This removes my git info from statusline at the bottom of ranger. What does reload_cwd actually do? reload current working directory? Then why does it removes my git info?
    – kadekai
    May 29, 2018 at 12:29
  • @EnanAjmain IMO it does what you asked - you can find that with help/commands: :reload_cwd Reload the current working directory.
    – laktak
    May 29, 2018 at 14:15

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