From: Rustom Mody 
  Hi

  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.


  So...

  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 
downloads.


  Seems convoluted and unsure (to me).

  Is there a better way?

The other alternative is to make that  'downloads' directory a sub-module, i.e. 
an independent reference repository. That way, they (users) only neeed to get 
it once and it stays valid, and it isn't part of the main repo. 

As long as the reference is glacial, then the 'hassles' that some report for 
the confusions when using sub-modules essentially go away.

Philip

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