A .gitignore file is a file that tells git what files not to track. If you import a git repo with a .gitignore  file, it will be imported as well, and its rules concerning which files not to track will be applied.

If you run an Rstudio Cloud Workstation, a .gitignore  will be automatically added to your capsule.

If you drag and drop a file from /code  to /data , you will get a message informing you that a .gitignore file has been created.

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