A tale of carelessness and stupidity

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I’ve been working with version control systems for most of two decades now, so I really should know better. Since starting out with CVS, it’s been drilled in to me:

check in your source, the stuff you can’t recover if you lost it

There’s never an exception to this rule, and if you think there is, think again. I mean it: literally take the time to think about your exception properly, then realise why you should still version control that file.

This is a short tale of careless autocomplete, a quirk of Unix, and a hastily assembled .gitignore …


Bobby Jack

Technologist & writer, Bobby is currently working on several projects including a management dashboard for static websites and an education portal. bobbyjack.me

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