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       hgignore - syntax for Mercurial ignore files


       The Mercurial system uses a file called .hgignore in the root directory
       of a repository to control its behavior when it finds files that it is
       not currently managing.


       Mercurial ignores every unmanaged file that matches any pattern in an
       ignore file. The patterns in an ignore file do not apply to files
       managed by Mercurial. To control MercurialĀ“s handling of files that it
       manages, see the hg(1) man page. Look for the "-I" and "-X" options.

       In addition, a Mercurial configuration file can point to a set of
       per-user or global ignore files. See the hgrc(5) man page for details
       of how to configure these files. Look for the "ignore" entry in the
       "ui" section.


       An ignore file is a plain text file consisting of a list of patterns,
       with one pattern per line. Empty lines are skipped. The "#" character
       is treated as a comment character, and the "\" character is treated as
       an escape character.

       Mercurial supports several pattern syntaxes. The default syntax used is
       Python/Perl-style regular expressions.

       To change the syntax used, use a line of the following form:

       syntax: NAME

       where NAME is one of the following:

           Regular expression, Python/Perl syntax.

           Shell-style glob.
       The chosen syntax stays in effect when parsing all patterns that
       follow, until another syntax is selected.

       Neither glob nor regexp patterns are rooted. A glob-syntax pattern of
       the form "*.c" will match a file ending in ".c" in any directory, and a
       regexp pattern of the form "\.c$" will do the same. To root a regexp
       pattern, start it with "^".


       Here is an example ignore file.

           # use glob syntax.
           syntax: glob


           # switch to regexp syntax.
           syntax: regexp


       Vadim Gelfer <>

       Mercurial was written by Matt Mackall <>.


       hg(1), hgrc(5)


       This manual page is copyright 2006 Vadim Gelfer. Mercurial is copyright
       2005-2007 Matt Mackall. Free use of this software is granted under the
       terms of the GNU General Public License (GPL).

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