Junio C Hamano <gits...@pobox.com> writes:

> Thor Andreas Rognan <thor.rog...@gmail.com> writes:
>> Maybe I'm doing it wrong, or maybe it's the intended behaviour,
>> but I find that a trailing whitespace after a pattern in .gitignore
>> makes the pattern void with git
> I doubt we do anything clever like that.
> ...
> The user tells to ignore anything followed by a dot followed by a
> lowercase Oh followed by a SP.  We ignore "hello. ", but not "hello.o"
> nor "hello.o  " (two SPs at the end), just as told.

Of course, having said all that, I do not think anybody objects too
deeply against a patch that change the behaviour to ignore trailing
whitespaces, as long as the patch leaves an escape hatch to allow
people who do want to specify a pattern that matches with pathnames
with trailing whitespaces.  Without thinking it through, perhaps

        echo '*.o\ ' >.gitignore

or something?

Technically speaking, such a change is a regression, but I doubt
that many people would mind it too much.

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