Git Ignores and Maven targets


Anyone know if it is possible to ignore all the instances of a particular directory in a file structure managed by git.

I'm looking to exclude all the 'target' folders in a maven project with a number of submodules. I know I can explicitly exclude each of them in a top level .gitignore, but I'd really like to be able to specify a pattern like **/target/* there to have it automatically ignore the instance in sub directories?

Is this possible?

Best Solution

The .gitignore file in the root directory does apply to all subdirectories. Mine looks like this:


This is in a multi-module maven project. All the submodules are imported as individual eclipse projects using m2eclipse. I have no further .gitignore files. Indeed, if you look in the gitignore man page:

Patterns read from a .gitignore file in the same directory as the path, or in any parent directory

So this should work for you.