Re: [PATCH 19/19] bash prompt: alternative git prompt without command substitution

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Hi,

On Wed, May 09, 2012 at 08:38:22PM +0100, Andrew Sayers wrote:
> On 09/05/12 01:44, SZEDER Gábor wrote:
> >    PROMPT_COMMAND=__git_prompt_command
> 
> Rather than overwrite any existing PROMPT_COMMAND, it would be better to
> do something like:
> 
> PROMPT_COMMAND="__git_prompt_command; $PROMPT_COMMAND"

> > +#       Alternatively, to make the above Bash prompt a bit faster:
> > +#               PROMPT_COMMAND=__git_prompt_command
> 
> As above, I'd recommend a simple documentation change:
> PROMPT_COMMAND="__git_prompt_command; $PROMPT_COMMAND"
> (to show people how to chain any other prompt commands they have)

That's a good idea.  In fact I did manage to overwrite my
$PROMPT_COMMAND and was wondering why did the title of my terminal
windows disappear so suddenly...


> > @@ -365,7 +371,18 @@ __git_ps1 ()
> >  	fi
> >  
> >  	local f="$w$i$s$u"
> > -	printf -- "${1:- (%s)}" "$c${b##refs/heads/}${f:+ $f}$r$p"
> > +	__git_ps1_string="$c${b##refs/heads/}${f:+ $f}$r$p"
> > +}
> > +
> > +# __git_ps1 accepts 0 or 1 arguments (i.e., format string)
> > +# returns text to add to bash PS1 prompt (includes branch name)
> > +__git_ps1 ()
> > +{
> > +	local __git_ps1_string
> > +	__git_prompt_command
> > +	if [ -n "$__git_ps1_string" ]; then
> > +		printf -- "${1:- (%s)}" "$__git_ps1_string"
> > +	fi
> 
> How hard/appropriate would it be to export individual parts of the
> prompt here?  Something like:
> 
> __git_ps1_string_dirtystate="$i"
> __git_ps1_string_untrackedfiles="$u"
> 
> There have been requests in the past to let people individually
> colourise different bits of the prompt, which this would make practical.

We can't do that from __git_ps1(), because, as I mentioned in the commit
message, it must be invoked in a command substitution from $PS1, and
what's exported in a subshell that stays in that subshell.

Doing so from __git_prompt_command() would be quite simple: just
rename the appropriate variables and don't declare them as local.
It would even be more pleasing to the eyes than the current one-letter
variable names.


Gábor

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