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From: Philip Oakley <>
To: Paul Jackson <>,
Subject: Re: gitignore + commit with excludes = bug
Date: Tue, 4 May 2021 13:55:26 +0100	[thread overview]
Message-ID: <> (raw)
In-Reply-To: <>

Hi Paul,

On 01/05/2021 19:37, Paul Jackson wrote:
> Hello,
> I stumbled upon what I believe is a bug in git.
> See the following reproduction steps:
> mkdir test
> cd test
> git init
> echo 1 > ignored
> echo 1 > not-ignored
> echo ignored > .gitignore
> git add -A -- ':!ignored' || echo 'ERROR!!!'
> In these steps, I ignore the "ignored" file twice - first time in
> .gitignore, and second time in the "git add" command. I didn't expect
> this to be a problem, but I'm getting the following error message:
> The following paths are ignored by one of your .gitignore files:
> ignored
> It looks as if git thinks I wanted to include, not exclude "ignored"
> in "git add".
I was intrigued by this. The man pages can be hard to decipher, and it
may be an 'as designed' feature, but still not intuitive

It took a while to find the relevant parts of the man pages.

The `-A` option of `add` is under
which has caveats for whether a pathspec is given.

The `exclude` magic pathspec is under
and again has caveats and a double negative regarding whether the
`exclude` pathspec counts as a path spec.

I _think_ that it is saying that the `exclude` pathspec is ignored for
the purpose of the `-A` (all) condition for git add.
The `git add` then decides that the the set of files to be added is just
the single 'not-ignored' file, having already used the `.gitignore` to
"exclude" the 'ignored' file from that set of files to add.

Now your "exclude" pathspec comes into play and tries remove the named
"exclude" file from the set, and doesn't find it. Or at least that's how
I read it as a plausible explanation. That said, I haven't looked at the
code, so that could be all wrong.

A possible place to start is the
patch (google..) or

Also locate where the error message is generated. It maybe just a warning.


  reply	other threads:[~2021-05-04 12:55 UTC|newest]

Thread overview: 9+ messages / expand[flat|nested]  mbox.gz  Atom feed  top
2021-05-01 18:37 gitignore + commit with excludes = bug Paul Jackson
2021-05-04 12:55 ` Philip Oakley [this message]
2021-05-04 14:06   ` Matheus Tavares
2021-05-09  6:21     ` Paul Jackson
2021-05-10 16:20       ` Philip Oakley
2021-05-10 19:27     ` Elijah Newren
2021-05-10 19:37       ` Matheus Tavares Bernardino
2021-05-10 22:34         ` Elijah Newren
2021-05-11  2:23           ` Matheus Tavares Bernardino

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