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There are inconsistencies in the way commands currently handle the core.excludesfile configuration variable. The problem is the variable is too new to be noticed by anything other than git-add and git-status. * git-ls-files does not notice any of the "ignore" files by default, as it predates the standardized set of ignore files. The calling scripts established the convention to use .git/info/exclude, .gitignore, and later core.excludesfile. * git-add and git-status know about it because they call add_excludes_from_file() directly with their own notion of which standard set of ignore files to use. This is just a stupid duplication of code that need to be updated every time the definition of the standard set of ignore files is changed. * git-read-tree takes --exclude-per-directory=<gitignore>, not because the flexibility was needed. Again, this was because the option predates the standardization of the ignore files. * git-merge-recursive uses hardcoded per-directory .gitignore and nothing else. git-clean (scripted version) does not honor core.* because its call to underlying ls-files does not know about it. git-clean in C (parked in 'pu') doesn't either. We probably could change git-ls-files to use the standard set when no excludes are specified on the command line and ignore processing was asked, or something like that, but that will be a change in semantics and might break people's scripts in a subtle way. I am somewhat reluctant to make such a change. On the other hand, I think it makes perfect sense to fix git-read-tree, git-merge-recursive and git-clean to follow the same rule as other commands. I do not think of a valid use case to give an exclude-per-directory that is nonstandard to read-tree command, outside a "negative" test in the t1004 test script. This patch is the first step to untangle this mess. The next step would be to teach read-tree, merge-recursive and clean (in C) to use setup_standard_excludes(). Signed-off-by: Junio C Hamano <firstname.lastname@example.org>
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