From: "Nguyễn Thái Ngọc Duy" <pclo...@gmail.com>
We support backslash escape, but we hide the details behind the phrase
"a shell glob suitable for consumption by fnmatch(3)". So it may not
be obvious how one can get literal # or ! at the beginning of a
Add a few lines on how to work around the magic characters.
Signed-off-by: Nguyễn Thái Ngọc Duy <pclo...@gmail.com>
Asciidoc 8.2.6 does not like me writing
"Put \# if you need a literal #.." so I go with "backslash" and
"hash" instead. `\!` displays fine both in man page and html format.
'!' changed to `!` because it looks clearer in monospace.
Why not put the backslash-hash in back quotes as well to give the same
Documentation/gitignore.txt | 7 +++++--
1 file changed, 5 insertions(+), 2 deletions(-)
diff --git a/Documentation/gitignore.txt b/Documentation/gitignore.txt
index 96639e0..8c03ed4 100644
@@ -74,11 +74,14 @@ PATTERN FORMAT
- A line starting with # serves as a comment.
+ A line starting with `#` serves as a comment.
+ Put a backslash in front of the first hash for the patterns
+ that start with a hash.
+ Use `\#` if you need a literal `#` at the beginning of the pattern.
- - An optional prefix '!' which negates the pattern; any
+ - An optional prefix `!` which negates the pattern; any
matching file excluded by a previous pattern will become
included again. If a negated pattern matches, this will
- override lower precedence patterns sources.
+ override lower precedence patterns sources. Use `\!` if
+ you need a literal `!` at the beginning of the pattern.
- If the pattern ends with a slash, it is removed for the
purpose of the following description, but it would only find
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