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Git doesn't recognize renamed files on a case insensitive file system

I didn't understand why git did not recognize the renamed files, also deployment build was failing due to these changes.

My initial file name was "Advanced-Menu", I changed the file name, to "advanced-menu" and committed the changes.

The actual problem is that the macOS file system is case insensitive, therefore if you rename a file on macOS, changing only the case, git will not see the changes.

In order to fix it you have to set your git repository to be case insensitive by issuing:

git config core.ignorecase false

and rename the file using git mv:

git mv Advanced-Menu advanced-menu

Commit your changes. That's all.

You could also set this change globally to prevent future issues:

git config --global  core.ignorecase false

How to use Makefiles to boost command-line productivity

Makefiles are an awesome tool which can help you become more productive command-line wise by encapsulating long commands and/or sequences of commands. They also help abstract away complexity.

One practical example of creating a make command would be setting up a Laravel project. All you need to do is create a file called Makefile and type in the following.

.PHONY setup
setup: # Setup project
    composer install
    php artisan migrate:fresh --seed
    npm install
    ...

Now, a new developer who needs to setup his/her project can skip writing down that series of commands by simply typing in the following:

make setup

But this doesn't end here. You can create virtually any command to help you automate certain processes such as creating or deleting files, changing permissions etc.