Have you ever experienced the situation when you do ask your machine to do action ‘A’ and it does ‘B’? I bet everyone had. I personally had such today – let me share what I learned.
A computer always performs what you ask it to do.
Nothing more, nothing less. When you delete the files without confirmation (Shift + Del), they’ll be removed without confirmation – no, no backup. When you build your code, it won’t do the clean up before. You asked for build – not the rebuild. It performs exactly what you asked for. Computer never guesses 😉
And it punched me today. Again.
Git (and not only Git) has a lovely concept of ignoring specific files/folders you don’t want to track. The list of rejected files is built by yourself, unless you get the generated one – from GitHub for example.
In my RemotePairing app, for debug purposes, I added Debug controller to list all calendar events I have in the database. Here’s the effect.
Implementation has worked, I’m about to push it to remote and… Debug files are not displayed in git status. Gitignore filters them out – I thought.
But when I reached the file in Notepad++ and pressed Ctrl+F with ‘deb’ query – nothing was shown. No occurrences.
Maybe global .gitignore?
At first, I confirmed that file is cut by git ignore by command
git status --ignored
Then I could just call this command to check the rule behind this specific folder:
Line 16 of my gitignore! [Dd]ebug!
That’s another way of regular expressions that may hurt programmers 😉
So! The rule was there, I just failed to find it. But! Thanks to that I learned this cool feature of git today.