git rm --cached you stage a file for removal, but you don’t remove it from the working dir. The file will then be shown as untracked.
Take a test drive
git init test_repo cd test_repo touch test git add test git commit -m 'Added file test git rm --cached test git status Changes to be committed: (use "git reset HEAD <file>..." to unstage) deleted: test <---- staged for removal Untracked files: (use "git add <file>..." to include in what will be committed) test <-- still in the working dir
git reset <file> you can unstage a file. In the example above you might want to use
git reset test to unstage the removal.
git reset test git status On branch master nothing to commit, working directory clean