On Thu, Oct 26, 2017 at 08:55:23PM +0100, Philip Oakley wrote:

> The ".git" sub-directory that stores the whole repository is normally
> a hidden directory (as are most directories with a name starting with
> a dot). You can make windows explorer show them by setting an option.

A nitpick: filesystem entities whose names start with a dot are
considered hidden — by policy — only on Unix-y systems (I beleive,
Mac OS X counts as one in this regard, too).

On Windows, the visibility is controlled by a special "attribute" which
was available since FAT-16 at least (if memory serves me right) and was
carried forward to FAT-32 and all versions of NTFS.

Git for Windows sets it on the ".git" subdirectory in the cloned it
creates.

I think this attribute can be safely unset (using any tool, including
Windows Explorer) — this won't affect how GfW operates on such a
"tweaked" repository ;-)

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