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Friday, 6 August 2021

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Unfortunately, this has happened to the best of us at some point, amirite?!

Screenshot of GitKraken showing a new git ignore file and 30,383 deleted files in the node modules folder

Inspired by this monstrosity, I decided to do some investigation!

Here is how to create a global .gitignore file to define a list of rules for ignoring files in every single Git repository on your computer…

  touch ~/.gitignore_global
  echo node_modules >> ~/.gitignore_global
  echo .DS_Store >> ~/.gitignore_global
  echo .vscode >> ~/.gitignore_global
  git config --global core.excludesfile ~/.gitignore_global

For more handy git tips: RTFM 😉

Cover image courtesy of Roman Synkevych.



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