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Re: Bug with .gitignore and branch switching

Junio C Hamano wrote:

> There is no "untracked but precious" vs "untracked and expendable"
> difference in the current system.  An untracked file that matches
> patterns listed in .gitignore is treated as the latter.
> We've discussed the lack of "untracked but precious" class a few
> times on the list in the past, but I do not recall the topic came up
> in the recent past.  It perhaps is because nobody found that class
> useful enough so far.

The most recent example I can find is 2010:

It also came up in 2007:
Earlier in that year it even made the "What's not in 1.5.2" list.

Perhaps those references could be a useful starting point for an
interested person's thinking.