Why does git clean -dX not remove my ignored directory?

I would like git to clean up all untracked files that I have ignored.

I thought that git clean -dX was the obvious solution, but it does nothing:

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    Why is it not removing folder1/folder2/?

    The docs say that

    • **/foo matches file or directory foo anywhere, the same as pattern foo

    so my folder2/ pattern does match /folder1/folder2/ and -X should clean it.

    What’s going on?

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  • One Solution collect form web for “Why does git clean -dX not remove my ignored directory?”

    What version of Git are you using? You may have run into this bug: Bug: git ls-files and ignored directories.

    This bug was fixed in v1.7.11.2. From the release notes:

    • git ls-files --exclude=t -i” did not consider anything under t/ as excluded, as it did not pay attention to exclusion of leading paths while walking the index. Other two users of excluded() are also updated.
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