I spent the whole night trying to figure out how to revert commits, and remove my sensitive information from my public repositories. This helped me realized how important it is to learn and practice git.
I mostly do open source projects on C#, and I always put to-change data like API keys in
app.config. At first, I thought I was on the safe road, while making git ignore changes from my
git update-index --assume-unchanged app.config
But then I was wrong. I am actually partially on the safe road.
Several hours ago, while working on a project, I noticed that
Settings.Designer.cs updates whenever I change something in my settings variables. Upon looking at the contents of the files, panic filled my soul and I just realized that it’s not just
app.config that I should be untracking.
I furiously searched for a way to resolve this issue, and thinking that I have to go over one commit at a time, I started to think that I made a very huge mistake. I have a database connection string and my personal phone number in two separate projects in GitHub.
Luckily I found this article. Without further munching, I applied the commands to every repository I have, wherein I used
app.config to store sensitive data.
Afterwards, I ran the command I used with
Settings.Designer.cs. Now I am both ashamed to be in such situation, and happy to learn something new.