Updated your git ignore but files keep wanting to commit?

When updating your git ignore file to exclude a file and that file keeps being tracked, you need to clear your git cache. Below is a guide.

Asrin Dayananda

Published on Jul 3, 2021

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If you have updated your git ignore to exclude certain files, but git keeps telling you that those same files keep wanting to be commited. This solution is for you.

This problem occurs when git cache has not refreshed

So, you need to clear your git cache. Below are the steps to clear your git cache.

  • Right click in your git folder

  • Open your git bash

  • Run the following commands (Warning: This commits and pushed to your repo)

  • Refresh your git branch so you don't have any conflicts when pushing
git pull
  • Clear your git cache
    git rm -r --cached .
  • Add your changes and commit your changes
git add .
git commit -m 'Update GitIgnore'
  • Push your changes to remote repository
git push

Your new git ignored files shouldn’t track now.

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