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authorBrian Downing <>2007-08-16 22:56:08 (GMT)
committerJunio C Hamano <>2007-08-16 23:44:19 (GMT)
commitd1d028ea16af27158f5d77154cfa60dbd9143314 (patch)
treef6a663241b819a963a47efbc735c04a52c6ef61b /Documentation/git-add.txt
parent19b28bf5454380f9f65063e8bc3cdee669e731a9 (diff)
Clarify actual behavior of 'git add' and ignored files
Signed-off-by: Brian Downing <> Signed-off-by: Junio C Hamano <>
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@@ -28,10 +28,12 @@ you must run 'git add' again to add the new content to the index.
The 'git status' command can be used to obtain a summary of which
files have changes that are staged for the next commit.
-The 'add' command can be used to add ignored files with `-f` (force)
-option, but they have to be explicitly and exactly specified from the
-command line. File globbing and recursive behaviour do not add ignored
+The 'git add' command will not add ignored files by default. If any
+ignored files were explicitly specified on the command line, 'git add'
+will fail with a list of ignored files. Ignored files reached by
+directory recursion or filename globbing will be silently ignored.
+The 'add' command can be used to add ignored files with the `-f`
+(force) option.
Please see gitlink:git-commit[1] for alternative ways to add content to a