Hi All,

I am facing this issue: I am ADDing some file with several pathspec, and one of 
these fails. The results is that no file is added at all.

Simple test case:

$ git init .
$ touch 123.txt
$ git add "*.txt" "*.doc"
fatal: pathspec '*.doc' did not match any files
$ git status
Untracked files:
  (use "git add <file>..." to include in what will be committed)


Results: no file is added
Expected results: the files which match any pathspec should be added

Looking at the code, git works properly:

from builtins/add.c, near line 500
                for (i = 0; i < pathspec.nr; i++) {
                        const char *path = pathspec.items[i].match;
                        if (pathspec.items[i].magic & PATHSPEC_EXCLUDE)
                        if (!seen[i] && path[0] &&
                            ((pathspec.items[i].magic &
                              (PATHSPEC_GLOB | PATHSPEC_ICASE)) ||
                             !file_exists(path))) {
                                if (ignore_missing) {
                                        int dtype = DT_UNKNOWN;
                                        if (is_excluded(&dir, &the_index, path, 
                                } else
                                        die(_("pathspec '%s' did not match any 

It seems that if any pathspec doesn't match, all add action fails. Which is the 
rationale of this choice ? I would expect that an error message would be 
printed, but the matched files would be added.

My use case is the following: I use "git" as backup system, and I do something 
$ git add paths/*.doc 
$ git add paths/*.pdf
$ git commit -m "bla bla"

I know that git is not the best method for that, however we have a lot of files 
which are moved between different directories, and git seems to handle this job 
quite nicely. 
Unfortunately the filesystem is quite slow and quite huge, so I would prefer to 
do a single "git add", in order to avoid to traverse all the filesystem more 
times. But this would not work because if one pathspce fails, it prevents all 
other pathspecs to success.

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