The “dolt add” command is a functionality provided by Dolt, a version-controlled database system. Dolt extends the capabilities of Git to databases, allowing you to track changes to your data and collaborate with others. The “dolt add” command is used to add the contents of a table to the list of staged tables in Dolt.
When you execute the “dolt add” command, you are specifying that you want to include the changes made to a specific table in the staging area of Dolt. The staging area is similar to the “index” in Git, where you can prepare changes before committing them to the repository. By adding a table to the staging area, you are indicating that you want to include the modifications made to that table in your next Dolt commit.
The “dolt add” command allows you to selectively choose which tables to include in the staging area. You can add individual tables or specify multiple tables using glob patterns or a combination of table names. This gives you control over which changes to include in the next commit, allowing you to stage only the relevant tables and leave out others if needed.
After using “dolt add” to add tables to the staging area, you can proceed to create a commit using the “dolt commit” command. The commit will include the changes made to the staged tables, and a new version of the database will be recorded in the Dolt commit history.
By leveraging the staging area provided by the “dolt add” command, you can carefully curate and manage the changes to your tables before committing them. This helps maintain a clean and organized commit history, and it allows for easier collaboration and tracking of data changes over time.
It’s important to note that the specifics of the “dolt add” command may vary depending on the version of Dolt you are using. For detailed and up-to-date information on the command and its options, it is recommended to refer to the official Dolt documentation or use the “–help” flag alongside the command to access the command-specific help information.
dolt add Command Examples
1. Add a table to the list of staged tables (stage a table):
# dolt add table
2. Stage all tables:
# dolt add --all