There are certain files created by particular editors, IDEs, operating systems, etc., that do not belong in a repository. But adding system-specific files to the repo's
.gitignore is considered a poor practice. This file should only exclude files and directories that are a part of the package that should not be versioned (such as the
node_modules directory) as well as files that are generated (and regenerated) as artifacts of a build process.
All other files should be in your own global gitignore file:
- Create a file called
.gitignorein your home directory and add any filepath patterns you want to ignore.
- Tell git where your global gitignore file is.
Note: The specific name and path you choose aren't important as long as you configure git to find it, as shown below. You could substitute
.gitignorein your home directory, if you prefer.