Myron Marston Myron Marston - 1 month ago 4x
Git Question

Using git, how do I ignore a file in one branch but have it committed in another branch?

I've got a project that I'm deploying to heroku. The source code tree includes a bunch of mp3 files (the website will be for a recording project I was heavily involved with).

I'd like to put the source code for it up on github, but github has a 300 MB limit on their free accounts. I don't want to use 50 MB of my limit on a bunch of mp3 files. Obviously, I could add them to the

file to keep them out of my repo.

However, I deploy to heroku using
git push heroku
. The mp3 files must be present in the branch I push to heroku so that they get get deployed.

Ideally, I'd like to
the mp3 files in my local master branch so that when I push that to github, the mp3s are not included. Then I'd keep a local production branch that has the mp3s committed rather than ignored. To deploy, I would merge master into production, and then push the production branch to heroku.

I can't get this to work right.

Here's an example of what I'm trying to do...

$ git init git-ignore-test
$ cd git-ignore-test
$ echo "*.ignored" >> .gitignore
$ git add .gitignore && git commit -m "Ignore .ignored files"
$ touch Foo.ignored

At this point, Foo.ignored is ignored in my master branch, but it's still present, so my project can use it.

$ git checkout -b unignored
$ cat /dev/null > .gitignore
$ git add Foo.ignored .gitignore && git commit -m "Unignore .ignored files"

Now I've got a branch with these files committed, as I want. However, when I switch back to my master branch, Foo.ignored is gone.

Anyone got any suggestions for a better way to set this up?

Edit: just to clarify, I want the mp3 files to be present in both branches so that when I run the site locally (using either branch) the site works. I just want the files ignored in one branch so when I push to github they are not pushed as well. Usually .gitignore works well for this kind of thing (i.e. keeping a local copy of a file that does not get included in a push to a remote), but when I switch to the branch with the files checked in, and then back to the branch with the files ignored, the files vanish.


IMPORTANT: This solution is reported to be not working (anymore?). See comments.

I wrote a blog post on how to effectively use the excludesfile for different branches, like one for public github and one for heroku deployment.

Here's the quick and dirty:

$ git branch public_viewing
$ cd .git/
$ touch info/exclude_from_public_viewing
$ echo "path/to/secret/file" > info/exclude_from_public_viewing 

then in the .git/config file add these lines:

excludesfile = +info/exclude

[branch "public_viewing"]
excludesfile = +info/exclude_from_public_viewing

Now all the global ignore stuff is in the info/exclude file and the branch specific is in the info/exclude_from_public_viewing

Hope that helps!