On 02.11.18 18:12, j...@tcs.ifi.lmu.de wrote:
> The file is heavily edited, but ignored by commits as expected.

Last time I checked (which was half a minute ago), files in .gitignore
are only ignored for the purpose of not adding them to the archive.

Modifying such a file, editing it, and then "git commit -a"ing the
archive will, however, check in your changes. Thus your scenario does
not happen.

$  git init
$  echo a >a
$  git add a

$  git commit -m Initial
$  echo b >b
$  echo b >.gitignore
$  git add -f .gitignore b
$  git commit -m NoB
$  echo bla >b
$  git commit -a -m foo

$ git show

commit 1b60a5792732e45c685bcced51b6c754d9833530 (HEAD -> master)
Author: Matthias Urlichs <matth...@urlichs.de>
Date:   Fri Nov 2 20:10:43 2018 +0100


diff --git a/b b/b
index 6178079..a7f8d9e 100644
--- a/b
+++ b/b
@@ -1 +1 @@


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