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In my working tree I renamed a file/folder and modified its content.
How do I add (and commit) only the rename but not the new content?

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Here is a similar question asked over on StackOverflow.

It goes really in-depth on the way Git tracks the name changes, file creations, and deletions. The quick and dirty answer you're looking for is below.

To quote from the top answer there:

What we do now is, first, manually put the file back under its old name, then use git mv to switch again to the new name:

$ mv new-name.txt old-name.txt
$ git mv old-name.txt new-name.txt

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