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From: David Mandelberg <>
To: Junio C Hamano <>
Subject: Re: git overwriting local ignored files?
Date: Sat, 24 Nov 2018 09:37:06 -0500	[thread overview]
Message-ID: <> (raw)
In-Reply-To: <>

On 11/23/18 11:22 PM, Junio C Hamano wrote:
> David Mandelberg <> writes:
>> It seems that git is overwriting my local files on merge if they're in
>> .gitignore. See command transcript below. I searched `git help config`
>> and Google, but I couldn't find any way to prevent it. Am I missing
>> something? (The reason I care about ignored files is that I'm using
>> git with a working directory of $HOME to manage my dotfiles, and most
>> files in my $HOME are not tracked by git but are still important.)
> The .gitignore file is to list "ignored and expendable" class of
> files; there is no "ignored but precious class" in Git.

Ok. Would a patch be welcome? I have three ideas for how to implement 
it, and I'm not sure which is better.

1. Add a boolean config option called core.preserveIgnore (or similar). 
I'm guessing this is the least amount of work, but it's not very 
flexible. I'm also not sure how it should work with `git clean`.

2. Add some syntax to the .gitignore format so the same file can list 
both "ignored and expendable" and "ignored and precious". I could see 
using this to mark compiled files as ignored+expendable and per-repo 
editor/IDE config files as ignored+precious. Do you have any idea how 
big of a patch this would be? Or any idea for the new syntax? I think 
starting a line with "\x" where x is any character not currently escaped 
by a backslash would cause the least disruption to existing .gitignore 

3. Like (2), but use a separate file instead of .gitignore (and the 
other git-ignore files).

Any thoughts?


  reply	other threads:[~2018-11-24 14:37 UTC|newest]

Thread overview: 6+ messages / expand[flat|nested]  mbox.gz  Atom feed  top
2018-11-24  2:35 David Mandelberg
2018-11-24  4:22 ` Junio C Hamano
2018-11-24 14:37   ` David Mandelberg [this message]
2018-11-24 14:57     ` Konstantin Khomoutov
2018-11-24 15:41       ` Konstantin Khomoutov
2018-11-25  2:06         ` David Mandelberg

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