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Subject[PATCH 4.19 052/276] bpftool: exclude bash-completion/bpftool from .gitignore pattern
[ Upstream commit a7d006714724de4334c5e3548701b33f7b12ca96 ]

tools/bpf/bpftool/.gitignore has the "bpftool" pattern, which is
intended to ignore the following build artifact:


However, the .gitignore entry is effective not only for the current
directory, but also for any sub-directories.

So, from the point of .gitignore grammar, the following check-in file
is also considered to be ignored:


As the manual gitignore(5) says "Files already tracked by Git are not
affected", this is not a problem as far as Git is concerned.

However, Git is not the only program that parses .gitignore because
.gitignore is useful to distinguish build artifacts from source files.

For example, tar(1) supports the --exclude-vcs-ignore option. As of
writing, this option does not work perfectly, but it intends to create
a tarball excluding files specified by .gitignore.

So, I believe it is better to fix this issue.

You can fix it by prefixing the pattern with a slash; the leading slash
means the specified pattern is relative to the current directory.

Signed-off-by: Masahiro Yamada <>
Reviewed-by: Quentin Monnet <>
Signed-off-by: Alexei Starovoitov <>
Signed-off-by: Sasha Levin <>
tools/bpf/bpftool/.gitignore | 2 +-
1 file changed, 1 insertion(+), 1 deletion(-)

diff --git a/tools/bpf/bpftool/.gitignore b/tools/bpf/bpftool/.gitignore
index 67167e44b7266..8248b8dd89d4b 100644
--- a/tools/bpf/bpftool/.gitignore
+++ b/tools/bpf/bpftool/.gitignore
@@ -1,5 +1,5 @@

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