Today, the primary version control system is Git, which has replaced SVN. https://www.openhub.net/repositories/compare

Microsoft owns GitHub, the leading site for open-source software development.

When working on a project, you often need to create temporary files (*.out, *.log, *.jar) or files with secrets/passwords (.env, .drone.sec.yml), which should not get into the code repository.

Git creates a .gitignore file for this purpose in the project directory, which describes what to ignore. It’s also pretty easy to add a .gitignore for all the repositories in your system, where you can put a .DS_Store or Thumbs.db (which the operating system creates automatically) once and for all, so you don’t have to drag them from project to project:

git config --global core.excludesfile '~/.gitignore'

By the way, I recently saw a nice collection of .gitignore files for different needs: https://github.com/github/gitignore

2020-05-06 Edit gitignore.md