Creating a Global .gitignore

For quite some time, my Git config has had the following entry:

	excludesfile = /home/jamie/.gitignore_global

This allows me to globally set patterns that I don't want to see anywhere, ever, such as my git worktrees.

But it turns out that Git actually has a default location for your gitignores, located in ~/.config/git/ignore, which means you don't even need that configuration to be set!

Thanks to /u/toupeira for sharing the tip on reddit.

Written by Jamie Tanna's profile image Jamie Tanna on , and last updated on .

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