How to fix “.gitignore not working” issue?

Sometimes git does not exclude files/folders added .gitignore especially if you had committed them before. Here is how to fix it.

I am ignoring node_modules from frontend project as an example

  • Update .gitignore with the folder/file name you want to ignore. You can use anyone of the formats mentioned below (prefer format1)
### Format1  ###
node/### Format2 ###
  • Commit all the changes to git. Exclude the folder/files you don’t want commit, in my case node_modules
  • Execute the following command to clear the cache
git rm -r --cached .
  • Execute git status command and it should output node_modules and sub directories marked for deletion
  • Now execute
git add .
git commit -m "fixed untracked files"
  • That’s it. Comment if you any questions.

Note: Windows users make sure your .gitignore uses UTF-8 rather than UTF-16. See comment for details

Pavan Kumar Jadda
Pavan Kumar Jadda
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