'wildignore' 'wig'
'wildignore' 'wig'      string  (default "")
                        {not available when compiled without the +wildignore
        A list of file patterns.  A file that matches with one of these
        patterns is ignored when expanding wildcards, completing file or
        directory names, and influences the result of expand(), glob() and
        globpath() unless a flag is passed to disable this.
        The pattern is used like with :autocmd, see autocmd-patterns.
        Also see 'suffixes'.
                :set wildignore=*.o,*.obj
        The use of :set+= and :set-= is preferred when adding or removing
        a pattern from the list.  This avoids problems when a future version
        uses another default.

It seems that this documentation would indicate that wildignore will cause functions like glob/expand/globpath to ignore the patterns in this variable.

Currently this is my setting:


If I use glob:

:echo glob(".gi*")

This is not what I'd expect from the documentation.

However, if I do:

:edit .gi<TAB>

It will instantly complete to .gitignore and subsequent double taps of will not cycle to .git. So it seems that :edit uses wildignore as I'd expect.

  • Just a thought, but shouldnt wildignore affect only wildmenu responses, and maybe some other plugins that use it, but not a vanilla function such as glob? I still agree the doc is off if this is the case. Commented Mar 5, 2019 at 1:28

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One of the items in your 'wildignore' list is .git/. I think you'll get the behavior you're looking for if you change it to .git,.git/*.

But to understand what's going on here, I think you have highlighted a behavioral difference between the way completion and functions like glob() work. My guess is that the functions don't identify a directory called .git as a match for the pattern .git/ because the trailing slash isn't actually part of the name. However, for tab completion, the trailing slash is often inserted for directories as a convenience. Maybe for completion, the trailing slash is added to the input before it gets filtered by the pattern.

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