Finally more tools are starting to use this convention. I first saw its use in the Ant build framework. I even mentioned it to some Linux nerd on how to improve his utility and got an angry rebuff. Oh well.
From the Git v1.8.2 release notes:
- Generate SHA1 hash for a file
- Regex group capture with optional delimeter
- Adaptive log level based on error context
- “.ignore” files should not be stored in a project’s source
- Remove CVS folders from Git version control