Git: untrack a file in local repo only and keep it in the remote repo

You could update your index:

cd /root/folder/of/your/repo
git update-index --assume-unchanged nbproject/

and make sure it never shows as “updated” in your current repo.
That means it won’t ever be pushed, but it is still present in the index.
(and it can be modified at will in your local working tree).

  • to revert that state (from git-ready):

git update-index --no-assume-unchanged <file>

  • to see all assume unchanged files (from Gabe Kopley’s comment)

git ls-files -v | grep '^h '

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