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Re: [PATCH] Simplify the .gitignore file

From: Eric Blake
Subject: Re: [PATCH] Simplify the .gitignore file
Date: Tue, 8 Sep 2020 07:50:52 -0500
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On 9/7/20 12:42 PM, Thomas Huth wrote:
Now that we always do out-of-tree builds (and the in-tree builds are
faked via a "build" directory), we can simplify out .gitignore file


quite a bit.

Signed-off-by: Thomas Huth <thuth@redhat.com>
  .gitignore | 158 -----------------------------------------------------
  1 file changed, 158 deletions(-)

I like the idea. As Phillipe pointed out, there are still a few files that may be created by merely running './configure' or common editor droppings or workflow setups that are still worth ignoring, but as most of these truly no longer appear during a fresh checkout, it makes sense to clean it up.

Someone who still wants to use 'fake in-tree' builds and creates symlinks for themselves will no longer have those symlinks ignored by this pruned file, but can edit their own .git/info/exclude file to match their preferences.

diff --git a/.gitignore b/.gitignore
index 4ccb9ed975..bb916594eb 100644
--- a/.gitignore
+++ b/.gitignore
@@ -1,165 +1,7 @@

Our 'fake in-tree' build uses just 'build', but ignoring '/build*/' might be wiser to automatically ignore all other variations on the theme of a subdirectory per build.

Eric Blake, Principal Software Engineer
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