In VC Directory Mode, how do I ignore multiple files?

My use case is that I have a LaTeX repository (in SVN, but that should not matter) with over 15 *.aux files in a subdirectory.

Attempt 1

Mark a couple of files in VC Directory Mode, then run C-x v G (vc-ignore). The command still asks me for a file, so it does not use the marks.

Attempt 2

Run C-x v G (vc-ignore) and fill in a Wildcard, e.g., sections/*.aux. This does not exclude any files from the VC Directory Mode buffer (refreshed with g), but it does add the wildcard to SVN. I.e., when I do svn propedit svn:ignore . then a buffer opens with the sections/*.aux line in there.

  • You could just give it a globbed file name (as you've written, i.e. *.aux). Or if you only want some specific files, then, I'm guessing that C-x v d would list the version-controlled directory the same way Dired would, then you could mark and operate on multiple files.
    – wvxvw
    Mar 28, 2016 at 6:18
  • @wvxvw I'm able to make file in VC Directory mode, but vc-ignore does not act on them. I'm adding the fact that I also tried that option to my original question. Mar 28, 2016 at 8:50

1 Answer 1


Indeed, for some reason vc-dir-ignore operates only on a single file. But this should be easy to remedy:

(defun my/vc-ignore-multiple-files ()
  (mapcar 'vc-ignore (vc-dir-marked-files)))

(define-key vc-dir-mode-map "a" 'my/vc-ignore-multiple-files)

Now marking several files and then pressing a will ignore all of them.

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