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What is the correct way to make git ignore temporary files produced by vim in all directories (either globally across the system or locally for a single project)?

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You can add vim files to .gitignore file because vim files end with ‘~

It can also create swap files that have the swp and swo extensions. To remove those you can use the lines:

*.swp

*.swo

Which helps you to ignore all temporary vim files from a project.

For ignoring  globally, you can create a .gitignore file in your home and use the following command:

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

Then you just need to add the files that you want to ignore. Thus, git ignore your temporary vim files.

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