As you may know, the *.gitignore* file only allows *untracked* files to
remain *untracked*. If you want to do this per repo, you can use the
*.git/info/exclude* file, which works exactly like *.gitignore* except it's
not committed and thus not shared (see the gitignore man
If what you want is ignoring changes made to an *already tracked* file, you
can use git-update-index <http://git-scm.com/docs/git-update-index> with
the *--assume-unchanged* option. If a file you have *assumed-unchanged* is
changed upstream, git will (gracefully) fail and you'll have to handle the
situation manually -- you'll be warned of that change, somewhat. You can
use this to list the files that are currently *assumed-unchanged*:
$ git ls-files -v | grep --colour=none ^h | cut -c 3-
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