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Linux 2.6 - man page for git-clean (linux section 1)

GIT-CLEAN(1)				    Git Manual				     GIT-CLEAN(1)

       git-clean - Remove untracked files from the working tree

       git clean [-d] [-f] [-i] [-n] [-q] [-e <pattern>] [-x | -X] [--] <path>...

       Cleans the working tree by recursively removing files that are not under version control,
       starting from the current directory.

       Normally, only files unknown to Git are removed, but if the -x option is specified,
       ignored files are also removed. This can, for example, be useful to remove all build

       If any optional <path>... arguments are given, only those paths are affected.

	   Remove untracked directories in addition to untracked files. If an untracked directory
	   is managed by a different Git repository, it is not removed by default. Use -f option
	   twice if you really want to remove such a directory.

       -f, --force
	   If the Git configuration variable clean.requireForce is not set to false, git clean
	   will refuse to run unless given -f, -n or -i.

       -i, --interactive
	   Show what would be done and clean files interactively. See "Interactive mode" for

       -n, --dry-run
	   Don't actually remove anything, just show what would be done.

       -q, --quiet
	   Be quiet, only report errors, but not the files that are successfully removed.

       -e <pattern>, --exclude=<pattern>
	   In addition to those found in .gitignore (per directory) and $GIT_DIR/info/exclude,
	   also consider these patterns to be in the set of the ignore rules in effect.

	   Don't use the standard ignore rules read from .gitignore (per directory) and
	   $GIT_DIR/info/exclude, but do still use the ignore rules given with -e options. This
	   allows removing all untracked files, including build products. This can be used
	   (possibly in conjunction with git reset) to create a pristine working directory to
	   test a clean build.

	   Remove only files ignored by Git. This may be useful to rebuild everything from
	   scratch, but keep manually created files.

       When the command enters the interactive mode, it shows the files and directories to be
       cleaned, and goes into its interactive command loop.

       The command loop shows the list of subcommands available, and gives a prompt "What now> ".
       In general, when the prompt ends with a single >, you can pick only one of the choices
       given and type return, like this:

	       *** Commands ***
		   1: clean		   2: filter by pattern    3: select by numbers
		   4: ask each		   5: quit		   6: help
	       What now> 1

       You also could say c or clean above as long as the choice is unique.

       The main command loop has 6 subcommands.

	   Start cleaning files and directories, and then quit.

       filter by pattern
	   This shows the files and directories to be deleted and issues an "Input ignore
	   patterns>>" prompt. You can input space-seperated patterns to exclude files and
	   directories from deletion. E.g. "*.c *.h" will excludes files end with ".c" and ".h"
	   from deletion. When you are satisfied with the filtered result, press ENTER (empty)
	   back to the main menu.

       select by numbers
	   This shows the files and directories to be deleted and issues an "Select items to
	   delete>>" prompt. When the prompt ends with double >> like this, you can make more
	   than one selection, concatenated with whitespace or comma. Also you can say ranges.
	   E.g. "2-5 7,9" to choose 2,3,4,5,7,9 from the list. If the second number in a range is
	   omitted, all remaining items are selected. E.g. "7-" to choose 7,8,9 from the list.
	   You can say * to choose everything. Also when you are satisfied with the filtered
	   result, press ENTER (empty) back to the main menu.

       ask each
	   This will start to clean, and you must confirm one by one in order to delete items.
	   Please note that this action is not as efficient as the above two actions.

	   This lets you quit without do cleaning.

	   Show brief usage of interactive git-clean.


       Part of the git(1) suite

Git				    01/14/2014				     GIT-CLEAN(1)

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