Re: Generating .gitignore files

On 04/20/2009 02:34 AM, Steve Frécinaux wrote:
Behdad Esfahbod wrote:
The idea is that .gitignore files are autogenerated and are NOT stored
in the repository. To use, just copy into your toplevel, add it
to git, run "make -f" and commit all changes it makes to your

If the generated .gitignore is not meant to be committed into the
repository, maybe the script should edit .git/info/exclude instead ?

Why? Other than being harder to generate (since current scheme generates per-dir .gitignore files) and generally a bad idea to touch the .git dir, "man gitignore" also suggests that that's the wrong place:

"Patterns which are specific to a particular repository but which do not need to be shared with other related repositories (e.g., auxiliary files that live inside the repository but are specific to one user´s workflow) should go into the $GIT_DIR/info/exclude file."


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