Shelving is temporarily storing not yet committed changes in a dedicated shelf. This may be helpful, for example, when you need to switch to another urgent task, but you are short of time to bring your current code to a certain condition.
With IntelliJ IDEA, you can shelve both entire changelists or separate files.
By default, IntelliJ IDEA always "remembers" the last commit hash. However, this information is not sufficient if the history has been changed since the last commit as a result of running the Rebase operation. In this case, having a copy of the base revision may help.
- In the Local tab of the Changes tool window, select the files or changelist to put to a shelf.
- On the main Version Control menu or on the context menu of the selection, choose Shelve changes.
- In the Shelve Changes dialog box,
review the list of changed files and make sure that the files to be
put to a shelf are checked out.
You can specify the desired changelist immediately in the dialog box: from the Changelist combo box, select the desired changelist.
- In the Comment text box, type the comment to identify the shelf where the changes will be stored.
- Click Shelve changes.