On Sat, Jun 15, 2013 at 06:18:46PM +0200, Thomas Koch wrote:
> I'm using vcsh[1] to have my dotfiles in GIT. With that I use a .gitignore 
> file 
> referenced by core.excludesfile that looks like this:
> # ignore everything by default
> *
> # but do not ignore emacs stuff
> !.emacs.d/
> # but than again please ignore backup files inside the .emacs.d folder
> .emacs.d/backups
> Now I'd expect git status to show everything in .emacs.d but not to show 
> .emacs.d/backups. However the .emacs.d/backups folder is still shown in git 
> status. I'd say that this is not in line with the man page and might be 
> considered a bug.

Which version of Git are you using?  You may be hitting a regression
that was introduced in Git 1.8.3 and is fixed in Git
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