Resync git repo with new gitignore file

After adding .gitignore file use following commands

Make sure to commit first your changes you want to keep. The –cached option will keep your files untouched on your disk though.

Other more solution:
git rm --cached `git ls-files -i --exclude-standard`

Files with space in their paths

In case you get an error message like fatal: path spec ‘…’ did not match any files, there might be files with spaces in their path. You can remove all other files with option –ignore-unmatch:

git rm --cached --ignore-unmatch `git ls-files -i --exclude-standard`

But unmatched files will remain in your repository and will have to be removed explicitly by enclosing their path with double quotes:

git rm --cached "<>"

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