Adding one more option to the fray.
Assuming you would like to add a directory to
git that, for all purposes related to
git, should remain empty and never have it's contents tracked, a
.gitignore as suggested numerous times here, will do the trick.
The format, as mentioned, is:
Now, if you want a way to do this at the command line, in one fell swoop, while inside the directory you want to add, you can execute:
$ echo "*" > .gitignore && echo '!.gitignore' >> .gitignore && git add .gitignore
Myself, I have a shell script that I use to do this. Name the script whatever you whish, and either add it somewhere in your include path, or reference it directly:
if [ "$1" != "" ]; then
echo "*" > $dir.gitignore && \
echo '!.gitignore' >> $dir.gitignore && \
git add $dir.gitignore
With this, you can either execute it from within the directory you wish to add, or reference the directory as it's first and only parameter:
$ ignore_dir ./some/directory
Another option (in response to a comment by @GreenAsJade), if you want to track an empty folder that MAY contain tracked files in the future, but will be empty for now, you can ommit the
* from the
.gitignore file, and check that in. Basically, all the file is saying is "do not ignore me", but otherwise, the directory is empty and tracked.
.gitignore file would look like:
That's it, check that in, and you have an empty, yet tracked, directory that you can track files in at some later time.
The reason I suggest keeping that one line in the file is that it gives the
.gitignore purpose. Otherwise, some one down the line may think to remove it. It may help if you place a comment above the line.