Exceptions in .gitignore
How to add an exception to .gitignore, like “ignore all the .dll files BUT myfile.dll”?
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! to negate the pattern:
If you want to ignore whole folder, except some specific files, then write:
This won’t work:
You can also ignore folders like
you can also ignore nested folder with patterns like
You can have several
.gitignore files working together in a hierarchical manner to achieve your goal.
At the root level you may have:
inside the folder having the
myfile.dll you can add another
.gitignore file like so:
more info here
An optional prefix “!” which negates the pattern; any matching file excluded by a previous pattern will become included again. Put a backslash (“\”) in front of the first “!” for patterns that begin with a literal “!”, for example, “!important!.txt”. It is possible to re-include a file if a parent directory of that file is excluded if certain conditions are met. See section NOTES for detail.