Improper use of gitignore? #1312

dalcde opened this Issue Oct 27, 2012 · 2 comments


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dalcde commented Oct 27, 2012

Since the gitignore file is for things we want to be there in the directory (e.g. IDE config) but don't want to include in the repo, should we remove the auto-generated files from the .gitignore file? Or else git clean cannot remove them. As far as I know, keeping old Makefiles can be problematic when compiling.

glebihan commented Jan 4, 2013

No, it's perfectly normal to have the generated makefiles in the gitignore file.
The idea is for the source tree to only contain actual sources and not generated files.
Also, since the generated Makefiles can differ from one system to another, keeping them in the git tree can have weird behaviors.

@glebihan glebihan closed this Jan 4, 2013
dalcde commented Jan 4, 2013

I was suggesting that neither the tree nor .gitignore contain the generated Makefiles, so git clean can delete them all.

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