Jeff King <> writes:

> On Tue, Apr 02, 2013 at 09:11:02AM -0700, Junio C Hamano wrote:
>> Jeff King <> writes:
>> > Yes, it is the expected behavior, though I cannot offhand think of
>> > anything that would break if we did apply it recursively.
>> Conceptually that breaks our brain.  "All files in doc/ directories
>> are text" and "doc/ directory is text" are two different things, no?
> In some systems, yes, but git does not have any notion of "doc/" as an
> item (after all, we track content in files, not directories), so I do
> not see what it means to specify a directory except to say "everything
> under it has this property".

That was true back when gitattributes (and ignore) was defined to
apply only to the paths we track.  But export-ignore abuses the
attrtibute system, allows a directory to be specified in the match
pattern, and we declared that is a kosher use by the patch that
caused 1.8.1.X regression, no?  So "Git does not have any notion of
"doc/' as an item" is no longer true, I think.

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