I like to kill two birds with one stone.  If you really ant to track the 
downloads folder, stick a .gitignore file inside it and have it contain *. 
 The .gitignore file is enough of a placeholder to keep the directory in 
place and you can easily modify it if you later want to track some of the 

On Monday, March 16, 2015 at 6:37:40 AM UTC-7, rusi wrote:
> 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?
> Rusi
> -- 
> http://blog.languager.org

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