# The following untracked working tree files would be overwritten by merge

When you git pull from your origin you might be greeted by the following error:

## What triggers this error?

Say you have the following folder structure:

You initialize a repository, add a remote and pull from master, and coincidentally, there’s a file in the repository called file.txt.

Git is warning you here, that pulling will overwrite your local file.txt (and protecting you from yourself!).

### Force overwrite the local file

If you’re certain that you want to overwrite your local files, you can use the following command:

Use with caution!