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Source tree .gitignore to ignore everything but specific directories


I've seen many examples and they pretty much say the same but for some reason I cannot get it to work using SourceTree.

My folder structure shown below, i want to ignore everything except for folder3 and all it's content, folder2_3_2_1 all it's content and the .ignore file.





in my .ignore I have the following

# Ignore everything

#except for



Strange thing is, if I don't ignore anything and I'm able to see all my files in my unstaged files panel, if I right click and ignore someOtherFile.php and select the option to ignore everything beneath, it does the opposite, it ignores it's folder (i.e. folder2_3_2_1) and everything within!


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Thank you in advance

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Ana Retamal Atlassian Team Nov 23, 2017

Hi David! It looks like you're using the wrong name for the file, it should be called .gitignore not .ignore. Can you fix that and try:

# Ignore everything

# Except for

Apart from that, keep in mind that .gitignore will prevent untracked files from being added, however git will continue to track any files that are already being tracked. This means, if the files were tracked before, they will continue to be tracked even though you added them now to the .gitignore. To stop tracking a file you need to remove it from the index, you can achieve this with the command:

git rm --cached <file>

The removal of the file from the head revision will happen on the next commit.


Lastly, you can try all of this directly in the terminal instead of Sourcetree, so we can determine wether this is some kind of issue in Sourcetree, or the problem is somewhere else :)

Let us know if this helps!



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