Hilco Wijbenga <hilco.wijbe...@gmail.com> writes:

> Naturally, this behaviour makes perfect sense: "/*" means everything.
> Still, I was wondering whether it might be a good idea to make an
> exception for '.gitignore' itself? Then if somebody *really* wanted to
> ignore '.gitignore' they could add "/.gitignore" to '.gitignore'?

If somebody is sick enough to ignore "everything", he can add "/*"
to the .gitignore file and in order to make sure he knows what he is
doing and he is doing what he thinks is doing, he would check with
"git diff --stat HEAD" etc. before committing, and double check with
"git show --stat" etc. after committing.

".gitignore" (or ".gitattributes" for that matter) shouldn't be any
different from your ordinary tracked contents.  If you have "*.o" in
the ignored pattern list, you would need an extra care to defeat the
pattern to add vendor-supplied binary-only object file with "add -f"
and live with the fact that a new vendor-supplied binary-only object
file not appearing on untracked list.  It is exactly the same deal.

Having said that, I guess you could add "!.git*" to your
$GIT_DIR/info/exclude and see if it gives an improved user

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