How to exclude files from a git commit?

by herminia_bruen , in category: Third Party Scripts , 6 months ago

How to exclude files from a git commit?

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by larissa , 6 months ago


To exclude files from a git commit, you can use the .gitignore file to specify the files or patterns you want to ignore.

Here's how you can exclude files from a git commit:

  1. Create a file named .gitignore in the root directory of your repository (if it doesn't already exist).
  2. Open the .gitignore file in a text editor.
  3. Add the filenames or patterns of the files you want to exclude, each on a new line. For example, to exclude a file called example.txt, add the following line to the .gitignore file: example.txt You can also use wildcard patterns to exclude groups of files. For example, to exclude all files with a .log extension, you can use: *.log
  4. Save the .gitignore file and exit the text editor.
  5. Now, the files you specified in .gitignore will be ignored by git commands, including git commit.

Note that if you have already added the files to the repository before adding them to .gitignore, they will still be tracked by git. To stop tracking them, you can use the following command:

git rm --cached <filename>

Replace <filename> with the name of the file you want to remove from git's tracking.

After excluding the files and modifying .gitignore, they will be excluded from future commits. However, keep in mind that this will not affect already committed files.