Is there a way to clone a single file make changes and push it without cloning the whole repository?

srinivas I'm New Here Dec 13, 2017

I have a very large code base I want to change only a single file. I searched the internet, there were ways to copy a single file but none to make changes and push them to the remote repository. 

I think such a feature is not available in core git. But should this not be supported at least by bitbucket.

Any workarounds welcome.

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Hi! You can do this with Git. 

If you have trouble to download the full repository you can do a shallow clone, you can read more about it at Handle big repositories.

If there are too many directories you can try a sparse checkout, although this is considered a more advanced technique, you can read about it at Sparse checkout.

For more info about both of them, you can check Sparse checkout and shallow clone.

Hope that helps!

Ana

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