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A gitignore parser for Go


go get github.com/sabhiram/go-git-ignore





ignore is a library which returns a new ignorer object which can test against various paths. This is particularly useful when trying to filter files based on a .gitignore document

The rules for parsing the input file are the same as the ones listed in the Git docs here: http://git-scm.com/docs/gitignore

The summarized version of the same has been copied here:

  1. A blank line matches no files, so it can serve as a separator for readability.
  2. A line starting with # serves as a comment. Put a backslash ("\") in front of the first hash for patterns that begin with a hash.
  3. Trailing spaces are ignored unless they are quoted with backslash ("\").
  4. An optional prefix "!" which negates the pattern; any matching file excluded by a previous pattern will become included again. It is not possible to re-include a file if a parent directory of that file is excluded. Git doesn’t list excluded directories for performance reasons, so any patterns on contained files have no effect, no matter where they are defined. Put a backslash ("\") in front of the first "!" for patterns that begin with a literal "!", for example, "\!important!.txt".
  5. If the pattern ends with a slash, it is removed for the purpose of the following description, but it would only find a match with a directory. In other words, foo/ will match a directory foo and paths underneath it, but will not match a regular file or a symbolic link foo (this is consistent with the way how pathspec works in general in Git).
  6. If the pattern does not contain a slash /, Git treats it as a shell glob pattern and checks for a match against the pathname relative to the location of the .gitignore file (relative to the toplevel of the work tree if not from a .gitignore file).
  7. Otherwise, Git treats the pattern as a shell glob suitable for consumption by fnmatch(3) with the FNM_PATHNAME flag: wildcards in the pattern will not match a / in the pathname. For example, "Documentation/*.html" matches "Documentation/git.html" but not "Documentation/ppc/ppc.html" or "tools/perf/Documentation/perf.html".
  8. A leading slash matches the beginning of the pathname. For example, "/*.c" matches "cat-file.c" but not "mozilla-sha1/sha1.c".
  9. Two consecutive asterisks ("**") in patterns matched against full pathname may have special meaning: i. A leading "**" followed by a slash means match in all directories. For example, "** /foo" matches file or directory "foo" anywhere, the same as pattern "foo". "** /foo/bar" matches file or directory "bar" anywhere that is directly under directory "foo". ii. A trailing "/**" matches everything inside. For example, "abc/**" matches all files inside directory "abc", relative to the location of the .gitignore file, with infinite depth. iii. A slash followed by two consecutive asterisks then a slash matches zero or more directories. For example, "a/** /b" matches "a/b", "a/x/b", "a/x/y/b" and so on. iv. Other consecutive asterisks are considered invalid.




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type GitIgnore

type GitIgnore struct {
	// contains filtered or unexported fields

GitIgnore is a struct which contains a slice of regexp.Regexp patterns

func CompileIgnoreFile

func CompileIgnoreFile(fpath string) (*GitIgnore, error)

Accepts a ignore file as the input, parses the lines out of the file and invokes the CompileIgnoreLines method

func CompileIgnoreFileAndLines

func CompileIgnoreFileAndLines(fpath string, lines ...string) (*GitIgnore, error)

Accepts a ignore file as the input, parses the lines out of the file and invokes the CompileIgnoreLines method with additional lines

func CompileIgnoreLines

func CompileIgnoreLines(lines ...string) (*GitIgnore, error)

Accepts a variadic set of strings, and returns a GitIgnore object which converts and appends the lines in the input to regexp.Regexp patterns held within the GitIgnore objects "patterns" field

ignoreObject, error := CompileIgnoreLines([]string{"node_modules", "*.out", "foo/*.c"}...)
if error != nil {
	panic("Error when compiling ignore lines: " + error.Error())

// You can test the ignoreObject against various paths using the
// "MatchesPath()" interface method. This pretty much is up to
// the users interpretation. In the case of a ".gitignore" file,
// a "match" would indicate that a given path would be ignored.


func (GitIgnore) MatchesPath

func (g GitIgnore) MatchesPath(f string) bool

MatchesPath is an interface function for the IgnoreParser interface. It returns true if the given GitIgnore structure would target a given path string "f"

type IgnoreParser

type IgnoreParser interface {
	MatchesPath(f string) bool

An IgnoreParser is an interface which exposes two methods:

MatchesPath() - Returns true if the path is targeted by the patterns compiled in the GitIgnore structure

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