Thursday, July 19, 2012

Git: Ignore All Contents of a Directory but the Directory Itself

You sometime want to ignore all contents of a directory but the directory itself in a commitment, such as cache/ directory for example. It can both reduce the amount of data and temporary files to be stored in the repository.

In case of Git, all you need is to create a .gitignore file inside the cache/ directory with  the content as follows.


The first line tells Git to ignore all contents, but the second line tells Git to keep the file .gitignore, and therefore, keeps it to be a non-empty directory.