I am adding source control to a project that had none. The problem is that there are a lot of files to initially add to git with a .gitignore file, but I can't figure out how to add all files without including the files matching something in the .gitignore file.
git add *
git add -f *
I think you mean
git add . which will add all of the files to the repo that AREN'T specified in the
.gitignore - you can see these changes by typing
. in bash usually means this directory and all other directories recursively, so if you do this from the bottom level of your repo, you should add all of the files.
My usual git flow is to create the
.gitignore file and add the project files to the repo. I'll test the
.gitignore file by typing
git status after importing the files - if I see the files that I've added (for example only .php or .html, NOT .mp3 or .mov), then you can
git add . to add all, and
git commit -m "initial commit" to commit them and you should be set.