Solving "Pull is Not Possible" Errors in Git

Dealing with unmerged files can become tedious when working with Git. This guide will help you navigate and resolve 'Pull is Not Possible' errors that may arise due to unmerged files. By following these steps, you'll be on your way to smoother collaboration and version control with Git.

Table of Contents

  1. Understanding Unmerged Files
  2. Identifying Unmerged Files
  3. Resolving Unmerged Files
  4. FAQs
  5. Related Links

Understanding Unmerged Files

Unmerged files occur when two or more branches have conflicting changes that Git cannot automatically merge. This causes a 'Pull is Not Possible' error when attempting to update or merge branches. To resolve this error, we need to identify the conflicting files, manually merge them, and commit the changes.

Identifying Unmerged Files

To identify the unmerged files, run the following command in your terminal:

git status

This will display the list of unmerged files with the both modified status.

Example output:

Unmerged paths:
  (use "git add <file>..." to mark resolution)
    both modified:   file1.txt
    both modified:   file2.txt

Resolving Unmerged Files

Follow these steps to resolve the unmerged files:

Open the conflicting file(s) in your favorite text editor.

Locate the conflict markers (<<<<<<<, =======, and >>>>>>>) that indicate the areas with conflicts.

Review the changes from both branches and manually merge the conflicting parts.

Save the file(s) and close the text editor.

Add the resolved file(s) to the staging area:

git add file1.txt file2.txt
  1. Commit the changes:
git commit -m "Resolved unmerged files"
  1. Merge the branches or pull the changes:
git merge <branch_name>


git pull

Congratulations! You have successfully resolved the unmerged files and can now continue working with Git.


How do I identify unmerged files?

Use the git status command to display the list of unmerged files with the both modified status.

What are conflict markers?

Conflict markers (<<<<<<<, =======, and >>>>>>>) are used by Git to indicate areas with conflicts in files.

Can I use a merge tool to resolve unmerged files?

Yes, you can use a merge tool like KDiff3, Meld, or Beyond Compare to help resolve unmerged files.

How do I prevent unmerged files in the future?

To prevent unmerged files, always keep your branches updated and communicate with your team members about the changes being made to the codebase.

Can I force Git to automatically merge unmerged files?

No, you cannot force Git to automatically merge unmerged files. Conflicts must be resolved manually to ensure the correct changes are merged.

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