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From: Robert Karszniewicz <>
To: "Tessa L. H. Lovelace" <>
Subject: Re: Using .gitignore symbolic links?
Date: Fri, 18 Jun 2021 06:44:05 +0000	[thread overview]
Message-ID: <YMxAteKYn0qf/YNj@BDZ> (raw)
In-Reply-To: <>

On Thu, Jun 17, 2021 at 07:34:40PM -0700, Tessa L. H. Lovelace wrote:
> Secondly, and more personally important to me, a system administrator:
> My repositories use symbolic links to allow a single .gitignore file to 
> define my folder structure, allowing me to avoid hardcoding the 
> repo-specific folder paths into my configs.
> Is there a flag to disable this new behavior?
> If not, this change means I need to update dozens of files, duplicates 
> all, or completely rewrite my .gitignore files to have shyteloads of 
> arbitrary file paths in them, which I'd rather not do.

Hmm, it sounds like `core.excludesFile` described in git-config(1) could
do what you need:

      Specifies the pathname to the file that contains patterns to
      describe paths that are not meant to be tracked, in addition to
      .gitignore (per-directory) and .git/info/exclude. Defaults to
      $XDG_CONFIG_HOME/git/ignore. If $XDG_CONFIG_HOME is either not set
      or empty, $HOME/.config/git/ignore is used instead. See

Robert Karszniewicz

  reply	other threads:[~2021-06-18  6:44 UTC|newest]

Thread overview: 5+ messages / expand[flat|nested]  mbox.gz  Atom feed  top
2021-06-18  2:34 Using .gitignore symbolic links? Tessa L. H. Lovelace
2021-06-18  6:44 ` Robert Karszniewicz [this message]
2021-06-18 11:15 ` Ævar Arnfjörð Bjarmason
2021-06-18 12:55   ` Jeff King
2021-07-03 17:29   ` Tessa L.

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