.gitignore is ignored by Git

My .gitignore file seems to be being ignored by Git – could the .gitignore file be corrupt? Which file format, locale or culture does Git expect?

My .gitignore:

# This is a comment

Output from git status:

# On branch master
# Your branch is ahead of 'origin/master' by 1 commit.
# Untracked files:
#   (use "git add <file>..." to include in what will be committed)
#       debug.log
#       nbproject/
nothing added to commit but untracked files present (use "git add" to track)

I would like debug.log and nbproject/ not to appear in the untracked files list.

Where should I start looking to fix this?


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