Context is we're using git for collectively editing documents(mostly text
ie not Word etc).
Sharing is on bitbucket.
There are also largish reference-docs -- downloaded pdfs etc that are
referenced but not ours -- dont want these in the repo.


If I make a .gitignore that contains the 'downloads' directory, then the
contents of downloads is of course ignored but also downloads itself.
Making .gitignore contain downloads/* does not add downloads.
Finally I added a dummy-file to downloads; add-commited it and then ignored

Seems convoluted and unsure (to me).
Is there a better way?




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