Visual Studio 2017 creates few files such as slnx.sqlite, .suo and these files often give trouble if you get it added to a branch in Git version control. Every time you open a solution in Visual Studio 2017, these files are indicated as pending changes and you are unable to do a pull, push etc. without undoing or committing these files. This is annoying since you actually do not want these to be added as changes to version control repository. You can try completely removing the files not needed from repository but if you are not willing to go through somewhat risky procedure, what options you have for solving this problem?
Let’s look at how to fix this issue.
Adding unwanted files to .gitignore works as long as you have not initially committed them to any branch. But in this case where it is already committed adding .gitignore entry such as /.vs/slnx.sqlite does not help.
Ignore changes to the files
You can run below command to ignore the changes to these files by assuming they are unchanged.
git update-index --assume-unchanged filename
To find the correct paths you can execute git ls-files command and use the path listed to mark the file. You can list git untracked files as well by executing git ls-files -o but untracked files cannot be marked. Adding them to gitignore would be sufficient.
You can undo the the assume-uchanged state by executing command below.
git update-index –-no-assume-unchanged filename