On Sat, Dec 7, 2013 at 12:26 AM, Martin Langhoff
<martin.langh...@gmail.com> wrote:
> # Untracked files:
> #   (use "git add <file>..." to include in what will be committed)
> #
> # modules/boring/
> # modules/interesting/other.c
> $ echo '/modules/' > .gitignore
> $ echo '!/modules/interesting/' >> .gitignore

Once you ignore the directory "modules", it won't bother with anything
inside. As a result, !/modules/interesting/ is ignored. Turning the
first rule to /modules/* like Jiang Xin showed does the trick because
git is told to ignore entries inside 'modules', not 'modules' itself.

I think the best we could do is turning /modules/ into /modules/*
internally. But it only works for simple cases like yours. If you
write /mo*ules/, I don't think we can make git smart enough to
correlate /mo*ules/ to !/modules/interesting/. So the second best
thing is improve documents about this case, which is what
kb/doc-exclude-directory-semantics does (currently on 'next').
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