Adding Indexed Directory or File in gitignore

I was working on a project and made a local git repository. I did the following series of commands:

$ git init
$ git add .
$ git commit -m "Initial Commit"

Pretty straightforward, isn’t it? The above initializes the git in the current directory, staged everything in it and committed having the comment “Initial Commit”.

Well, I didn’t realize that there were folders that contains large files such as the setup dependencies that’s about 70-100 MB in sizes. That’s pretty huge if I’m going to deploy my local repository to a remote one.

I then created the .gitignore file and added the directory to be ignored there.

Since I already added the files/directories in git before I add the directory to .gitignore, git will keep tracking it. I don’t want to revert everything back, so I did a “git rm” to remove it first. I also added the “–cached”¬†option to unstage and remove paths only from the index.

After running the following command:

$ git rm --cached Setup

I got this error “fatal: not removing ‘Setup’ recursively without -r

That’s because I am trying to remove a directory having sub directories and files in it. So I updated my command like:

$ git rm --cached -r Setup

And yay! it worked like a charm.

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