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Fossil ignores files by default

Posted by Pete McBreen 15 May 2010 at 20:31

One difference between fossil and the other version control tools I use (git and svn) is that by default it ignores files that are not in the repository. So rather than having to set up a .gitignore to have it ignore stuff, fossil does that automatically

fossil status

To see the other files, you need to look for the extra files

fossil extra

And the really nice thing about extra, is that it does not matter where you are in the project directory structure when you issue the command, it searches the entire local-root looking for the unexpected files. This also means that fossil has a way of cleaning out any unwanted temporary files:

fossil clean

Clean prompts you to confirm every delete, so it is safe to run, but it is a nice feature when the tools you are using generate a lot of temporary or intermediate files as part of their processing.