Does git add do recursively?
Let’s say you do the git command …
git add .
git add -A .
See what is the difference between the two commands. The . means is the <pathspec> for the current directory. We understand that it adds all files of the current directory to the index to be staged for commit. But what if you have a subdirectory? Will it add those files too.
The answer is yes. It add recursively all files and directories if the <pathspec> is a directory such as “.”. If the <pathspec> is a set of files, then it does not.
From the git documentation, it writes …
“The git add command takes a path name for either a file or a directory; if it’s a directory, the command adds all the files in that directory recursively.”