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Gitignore - Exclude all except specific subdirectory
#
# If all files excluded and you will include only specific sub-directories
# the parent path must matched before.
#
/**
!/.gitignore
###############################
# Un-ignore the affected subdirectory
!/libraries/
# Ignore subdirectory and all including directories and files to match pattern as valid for the next pattern
/libraries/**
# This pattern only works with the two previous patterns
# (i remember it was working alone on older git versions)
!/libraries/myLibrary/
###############################
# Another example
!/templates/
/templates/**
!/templates/myTemplate/
@avrahamappel
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Thanks!

@FabianUx
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Thanks

I removed one star for it to work

!/templates/
/templates/*
!/templates/myTemplate/

@CodeConnects
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+1 to FabianUx

Did not work for me with two asterisks, but is perfect with only one. Thanks!

@tonyerskine
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Thanks!

@dawidjaja
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+1

@chip-edw
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Thanks. This worked for me.
After hours of reading confusing posts, I was very happy to find this.

@ilmoralito
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thanks for sharing

@kalekachali
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Thank you sir. You is a genius!

@felixpenrose
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Thanks. This worked for me.
After hours of reading confusing posts, I was very happy to find this.

Ditto - most posts were confusing and missed key information regarding negation, finally this helped me realise where I was going wrong. 👍

@joaolisboa
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If the affected folder is not in the root level of the .gitignore, the solutions above didn't work, however this does:

! templates/
**/templates/*
!**/templates/myTemplate

This is exactly what I needed and worked for me. Thanks!

@anisriva
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anisriva commented Oct 7, 2021

@hieblmedia

doesnt work in my case
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@martin-braun
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martin-braun commented Oct 8, 2021

@anisriva have you read the comments above?

@anisriva
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anisriva commented Oct 8, 2021

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@anisriva have you read the comments above?

@martin-braun yes i did, and i specifically tried yours as well it seem to only work for the immediate child directory.

@TommyQC
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TommyQC commented Apr 19, 2022

Thanks

I removed one star for it to work

!/templates/
/templates/*
!/templates/myTemplate/

Worked for me Thanks!

@leandrosoares6
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+1 to FabianUx

Did not work for me with two asterisks, but is perfect with only one. Thanks!

Thanks bro!

@lucaslgr
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Thankssss !!!! helped me a lot!

@5c077yP
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5c077yP commented Sep 6, 2023

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@anisriva have you read the comments above?

@martin-braun yes i did, and i specifically tried yours as well it seem to only work for the immediate child directory.

For me worked to re-include every individual parent again, meaning

/**
!/mnt
!/mnt/cassandra
!/mnt/cassandra/analytics-seed
!/mnt/cassandra/analytics-seed/spark
!/mnt/cassandra/analytics-seed/spark/jupyter
...

@taljacob2
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Thank you!
I wanted to share my example, maybe it would help someone.

My .gitignore:

# Disable all directories.
*/
!.gitignore

# Enable `Jenkins Service/init.groovy.d`.
!Jenkins Service/
Jenkins Service/*
!Jenkins Service/init.groovy.d/

# Enable `Scripts`.
!Scripts/

After git add .:

Changes to be committed:
  (use "git rm --cached <file>..." to unstage)
        new file:   .gitignore
        new file:   Jenkins Service/init.groovy.d/BuildRerunner.groovy
        new file:   Jenkins Service/init.groovy.d/rerun-last-prod-build.groovy
        new file:   Jenkins Service/init.groovy.d/rerun-zombie-builds.groovy
        new file:   Scripts/jenkins-delete-cache.bat

@Wanying-Zhu
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Thanks for the solution!
In my case git add * must be used after configuration of the gitignore file. Somehow git add . does not work.

@irwineguiluz
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Awesome, thanks!

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