If you are using
git for your data science project (which you should!), you have to be careful when renaming a file.
If you simply rename the file in your OS file browser,
git would interpret this as deleting the file with the old name and creating a new one with the new name. They wouldn’t be linked in any way and you’d essentially loose the history of that file.
So, how can you rename a file and keep its history? You need to use the
git mv command and subsequently make a commit. Here’s an example:
git mv old_name.ext new_name.ext git commit -m 'Rename old_name.ext to new_name.txt'
That’s it! Don’t be afraid to rename a file when using
git. Just use the right command.