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From: Duy Nguyen <pclouds@gmail.com>
To: Dakota Hawkins <dakota@dakotahawkins.com>
Cc: Jeff King <peff@peff.net>, Junio C Hamano <gitster@pobox.com>,
	Git <git@vger.kernel.org>
Subject: Re: .gitattributes override behavior (possible bug, or documentation bug)
Date: Wed, 21 Mar 2018 17:07:02 +0100	[thread overview]
Message-ID: <CACsJy8A7k0d8wB_XWhvaaTXespg2y6G+Ab4b27Dc3iKY2Zjujw@mail.gmail.com> (raw)
In-Reply-To: <CAHnyXxRsqR3A0FpHJwnfOWo29WNx05qWSXfxvmwPv1TUdqm0aQ@mail.gmail.com>

On Wed, Mar 21, 2018 at 4:22 AM, Dakota Hawkins
<dakota@dakotahawkins.com> wrote:
> Thinking about this a little more, I'm now attracted to the idea that
> its .gitignore that's weird.
>
> As I understand it, .gitignore stops recursion when there's a
> directory match (`somedir/`) but also explicitly allows nested
> .gitnore file _as well as_ exclusion (`!*.txt`).
>
> So, in the following (contrived) example, the user doesn't get what they want:
>
>     repo/
>     |- .git/
>     |- .gitignore               # /ignore-most/
>     |- ignore-most/
>     |  |- .gitignore            # !*.txt
>     |  |- please_ignore.png
>     |  |- dont_ignore_me.txt
>
> `repo/ignore-most/dont_ignore_me.txt` is still ignored, despite what
> seems like the obvious intention of the user.

Don't get me started on this. I voiced this problem a couple times.
Attempted to fix it once which made it to rc cycles and caused lots of
regressions. I haven't taken another stab since.

> Maybe a unified "best-practices" would first-and-foremost recommend
> against matching directories at all (makes sense, git doesn't manage
> directories). In the above example, changing `/ignore-most/` to
> `/ignore-most/*` has the "desired" effect.

I think it's actually more intuitive to think "ignore recursively"
(with the trailing slash) These things make sense to you once you know
exactly _how_ the matching machinery works. But normal users don't
know that. It's probably better that we add recursive matching support
in gitattributes. Then both gitignore/gitattr are more or less
consistent again and also easy to use (most of the times)
-- 
Duy

  parent reply	other threads:[~2018-03-21 16:07 UTC|newest]

Thread overview: 28+ messages / expand[flat|nested]  mbox.gz  Atom feed  top
2018-03-20  1:49 Dakota Hawkins
2018-03-20  2:34 ` Jeff King
2018-03-20  3:10   ` Dakota Hawkins
2018-03-20  3:17     ` Dakota Hawkins
2018-03-20  4:12       ` Jeff King
2018-03-20  4:04     ` Jeff King
2018-03-20  4:14       ` [PATCH] doc/gitattributes: mention non-recursive behavior Jeff King
2018-03-20  4:28         ` Dakota Hawkins
2018-03-20 16:41         ` Duy Nguyen
2018-03-21  6:50           ` Jeff King
2018-03-21 16:16             ` Duy Nguyen
2018-03-23  9:12               ` Jeff King
2018-03-20  4:25       ` .gitattributes override behavior (possible bug, or documentation bug) Dakota Hawkins
2018-03-20  4:40         ` Jeff King
2018-03-20  4:49           ` Dakota Hawkins
2018-03-20 16:28           ` Duy Nguyen
2018-03-21  3:22             ` Dakota Hawkins
2018-03-21  6:52               ` Jeff King
2018-03-21  7:36                 ` Dakota Hawkins
2018-03-21  7:44                   ` Dakota Hawkins
2018-03-21  7:50                   ` Jeff King
2018-03-21  8:35                     ` Dakota Hawkins
2018-03-21  8:36                       ` Jeff King
2018-03-21 16:18                   ` Junio C Hamano
2018-03-21 16:07               ` Duy Nguyen [this message]
2018-03-20  3:33   ` Junio C Hamano
2018-03-20  3:40     ` Dakota Hawkins
2018-03-20  3:45     ` Jeff King

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