GIT-CHECK-IGNORE(1)              Git Manual              GIT-CHECK-IGNORE(1)

NAME         top

       git-check-ignore - Debug gitignore / exclude files

SYNOPSIS         top

       git check-ignore [options] pathname...
       git check-ignore [options] --stdin

DESCRIPTION         top

       For each pathname given via the command-line or from a file via
       --stdin, check whether the file is excluded by .gitignore (or other
       input files to the exclude mechanism) and output the path if it is

       By default, tracked files are not shown at all since they are not
       subject to exclude rules; but see ‘--no-index’.

OPTIONS         top

       -q, --quiet
           Don’t output anything, just set exit status. This is only valid
           with a single pathname.

       -v, --verbose
           Also output details about the matching pattern (if any) for each
           given pathname. For precedence rules within and between exclude
           sources, see gitignore(5).

           Read pathnames from the standard input, one per line, instead of
           from the command-line.

           The output format is modified to be machine-parseable (see
           below). If --stdin is also given, input paths are separated with
           a NUL character instead of a linefeed character.

       -n, --non-matching
           Show given paths which don’t match any pattern. This only makes
           sense when --verbose is enabled, otherwise it would not be
           possible to distinguish between paths which match a pattern and
           those which don’t.

           Don’t look in the index when undertaking the checks. This can be
           used to debug why a path became tracked by e.g.  git add .  and
           was not ignored by the rules as expected by the user or when
           developing patterns including negation to match a path previously
           added with git add -f.

OUTPUT         top

       By default, any of the given pathnames which match an ignore pattern
       will be output, one per line. If no pattern matches a given path,
       nothing will be output for that path; this means that path will not
       be ignored.

       If --verbose is specified, the output is a series of lines of the

       <source> <COLON> <linenum> <COLON> <pattern> <HT> <pathname>

       <pathname> is the path of a file being queried, <pattern> is the
       matching pattern, <source> is the pattern’s source file, and
       <linenum> is the line number of the pattern within that source. If
       the pattern contained a ! prefix or / suffix, it will be preserved in
       the output. <source> will be an absolute path when referring to the
       file configured by core.excludesFile, or relative to the repository
       root when referring to .git/info/exclude or a per-directory exclude

       If -z is specified, the pathnames in the output are delimited by the
       null character; if --verbose is also specified then null characters
       are also used instead of colons and hard tabs:

       <source> <NULL> <linenum> <NULL> <pattern> <NULL> <pathname> <NULL>

       If -n or --non-matching are specified, non-matching pathnames will
       also be output, in which case all fields in each output record except
       for <pathname> will be empty. This can be useful when running
       non-interactively, so that files can be incrementally streamed to
       STDIN of a long-running check-ignore process, and for each of these
       files, STDOUT will indicate whether that file matched a pattern or
       not. (Without this option, it would be impossible to tell whether the
       absence of output for a given file meant that it didn’t match any
       pattern, or that the output hadn’t been generated yet.)

       Buffering happens as documented under the GIT_FLUSH option in git(1).
       The caller is responsible for avoiding deadlocks caused by
       overfilling an input buffer or reading from an empty output buffer.

EXIT STATUS         top

           One or more of the provided paths is ignored.

           None of the provided paths are ignored.

           A fatal error was encountered.

SEE ALSO         top

       gitignore(5) git-config(1) git-ls-files(1)

GIT         top

       Part of the git(1) suite

COLOPHON         top

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