I want add all files that start with syslog on my host to git. That seems crazy, but I think it could manage some config snippet to git repository.

My .gitignore is:

$ cat /.gitignore

But it can't pick up a file at /Users/myusername/tmp/sysgit_test with git status.

Does git support this?

  • Is sysgit a typo for syslog? If so, is it just a typo here or does it appear in your actual .gitignore? May 24 '18 at 15:46

This is expected, according to man gitignore:

Git doesn’t list excluded directories for performance reasons, so any patterns on contained files have no effect, no matter where they are defined.

git status --untracked=all is very close to solving your problem, but still doesn't show untracked files in subdirectories. This one looks like a bug actually.

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