Global Git Ignore

Alex R. Young
Nov 4, 2013 · 1 min read

For years I dumped this into my .gitignore files: *.sw?. Then I realised that some people don't use Vim, and therefore probably don't want to see my editor-specific .gitignore entries. Different editors handle swap and recovery files different ways, so it seems redundant to force these settings on everyone.

A better approach is to use a global option. Run git config --global core.excludesfile ~/.gitignore. Then you can add *.sw?, and perhaps *~ as well. I like to add .DS_Store because Windows developers don't need to worry about that nonsense, and they should probably add Thumbs.db.


A blog about Vim

Medium is an open platform where 170 million readers come to find insightful and dynamic thinking. Here, expert and undiscovered voices alike dive into the heart of any topic and bring new ideas to the surface. Learn more

Follow the writers, publications, and topics that matter to you, and you’ll see them on your homepage and in your inbox. Explore

If you have a story to tell, knowledge to share, or a perspective to offer — welcome home. It’s easy and free to post your thinking on any topic. Write on Medium

Get the Medium app

A button that says 'Download on the App Store', and if clicked it will lead you to the iOS App store
A button that says 'Get it on, Google Play', and if clicked it will lead you to the Google Play store