So I added a folder to my .gitignore file.
Once I do a
git status it tells me
# On branch latest nothing to commit (working directory clean)
However, when I try to change branches I get the following:
My-MacBook-Pro:webapp marcamillion$ git checkout develop error: The following untracked working tree files would be overwritten by checkout: public/system/images/9/thumb/red-stripe.jpg public/system/images/9/original/red-stripe.jpg public/system/images/8/thumb/red-stripe-red.jpg public/system/images/8/original/red-stripe-red.jpg public/system/images/8/original/00-louis_c.k.-chewed_up-cover-2008.jpg public/system/images/7/thumb/red-stripe-dark.jpg public/system/images/7/original/red-stripe-dark.jpg public/system/images/7/original/DSC07833.JPG public/system/images/6/thumb/red-stripe-bw.jpg public/system/images/6/original/website-logo.png public/system/images/6/original/red-stripe-bw.jpg public/system/images/5/thumb/Guy_Waving_Jamaican_Flag.jpg public/system/images/5/original/logocompv-colored-squares-100px.png public/system/images/5/original/Guy_Waving_Jamaican_Flag.jpg public/system/images/4/thumb/DSC_0001.JPG public/system/images/4/original/logo.png public/system/images/4/original/DSC_0001.JPG public/system/images/4/original/2-up.jpg public/system/images/3/thumb/logo2.gif public/system/images/3/original/logo2.gif public/system/images/3/original/Guy_Waving_Jamaican_Flag.jpg public/system/images/3/original/11002000962.jpg public/system/images/2/thumb/Profile Pic.jpg public/system/images/2/original/Profile Pic.jpg public/system/images/2/original/02 Login Screen.jpg public/system/images/1/original/Argentina-2010-World-Cup.jpg Please move or remove them before you can switch branches. Aborting
This is what my .gitignore file looks like:
.bundle .DS_Store db/*.sqlite3 log/*.log tmp/**/* public/system/images/* public/system/avatars/*
How do I get this working so I can switch branches without deleting those files?
If I make a change, will it affect those files? In other words, if I came back to this branch afterwards would everything be perfect as up to my latest commit?
I don’t want to lose those files, I just don’t want them tracked.
It seems like you want the files ignored but they have already been commited. .gitignore has no effect on files that are already in the repo so they need to be removed with
git rm --cached. The
--cached will prevent it from having any effect on your working copy and it will just mark as removed the next time you commit. After the files are removed from the repo then the .gitignore will prevent them from being added again.
But you have another problem with your .gitignore, you are excessively using wildcards and its causing it to match less than you expect it to. Instead lets change the .gitignore and try this.
.bundle .DS_Store db/*.sqlite3 log/*.log tmp/ public/system/images/ public/system/avatars/