Using Eclipse, how to delete a file which has been in GitHub but should been in .gitignore file?

If a file "a.txt" has been committed and pushed to a GitHub repo but I want to ignore it now.

Using git bash, I could use git rm --cached a.txt and a new line "a.txt" in .gitignore to delete this file in the GitHub repo.

But what should I do if I use Eclipse ?

>Solution :

Eclipse allows you to mark files as Untracked by right-clicking on the file and selecting Team>Advanced>Untrack even if that file is present in the .gitignore.:

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(I removed some unnecessary parts of the context menu)

This will essentially do the same as git rm --cached.

Then, the file will be marked as deleted in the Staged Changes part of the Git Staging menu:

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After doing that, just commit and push the (staged) changes.

Of course, nothing stops you from using the command-line. Even if you use Eclipse, you can still enter some commands via the command-line and do some other stuff with Eclipse/EGit.

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