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How to define to track a file as binary and to track the same in LFS using .gitattributes file?

Hi, i have the below entries in .gitattributes file


*.exe binary
*.exe filter=lfs diff=lfs merge=lfs -text

What I am trying to achieve is, I wat to treat .exe as binar to skip it from merge difference, and to track it using LFS. I have two questions;

1. is it possible to represent the two lines as single line "*.exe binary filter=lfs diff=lfs merge=lfs -text"

2. Should I explicitly set it as binary n gitattributes file? or is the second line alone just enough?


1 answer

Late in the game; nevertheless, according to Git - gitattributes documentation (Defining Macro Attributes):

The built-in macro attribute "binary" is equivalent to:

[attr]binary -diff -merge -text


  1. Yes, in theory you could simply specify:
    *.exe filter=lfs diff=lfs merge=lfs -text
  2. As (indirectly) stated in previous item, second line is enough.

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