Sometimes we need to create a tmp folder in our git repositories to store temporary stuff which we don’t really want to sync with the remote. But if you create just a tmp directory, it won’t get synced unless you also create a file in it and ask git to track it.

There are multiple ways to solve that problem. The one that I personally use is to create a tmp/.gitignore file with the following contents:


This tells git to:

  1. * - ignore anything that is under this directory
  2. !.gitignore - …except the .gitignore file (the very file in which these lines are written).

It is the simplest solution I could find that can be used for any folder irrespective of its name or place in the source tree!