From: "Junio C Hamano" <gitster@xxxxxxxxx> Sent: Friday, August 17, 2012 7:19 AM
"Philip Oakley" <philipoakley@xxxxxxx> writes:From: "Junio C Hamano" <gitster@xxxxxxxxx> Sent: Thursday, August 16, 2012 9:23 PM"Philip Oakley" <philipoakley@xxxxxxx> writes:I wasn't aware of the "abbreviated options" capability. Is meant tobe in the man pages as I couldn't find it, or is it described differently?$ git help gitcli is the closest that comes to mind. If it is not reachable from "git help git", we may want to sprinkle some more linkgit:gitfoo[$n] around the documentation sources. I didn't check.I eventually found a reference in the parse-options API to the fact that'Long options may be abbreviated, as long as the abbreviation is unambiguous.'It may be worth bringing some of those parse-options API basics bullets'forward into the gitcli page, if appropriate.OK, how about doing this? Sort of killing two birds with one stone. -- >8 -- Subject: [PATCH] gitcli: describe abbreviation of long options Signed-off-by: Junio C Hamano <gitster@xxxxxxxxx> --- Documentation/gitcli.txt | 8 ++++++++ 1 file changed, 8 insertions(+) diff --git a/Documentation/gitcli.txt b/Documentation/gitcli.txt index ea17f7a..3e72a5d 100644 --- a/Documentation/gitcli.txt +++ b/Documentation/gitcli.txt @@ -62,6 +62,14 @@ scripting git:`git log -1 HEAD` but write `git log -1 HEAD --`; the former will not workif you happen to have a file called `HEAD` in the work tree. + * many commands allow a long option "--option" to be abbreviated + only to their unique prefix (e.g. if there is no other option + whose name begins with "opt", you may be able to spell "--opt" to + invoke the "--option" flag), but you should fully spell them out + when writing your scripts; later versions of Git may introduce a + new option whose name shares the same prefix, e.g. "--optimize", + to make a short prefix that used to be unique no longer unique. + ENHANCED OPTION PARSER ---------------------- -- 1.7.12.rc3.2.gbd120e3
Acked-by: Philip Oakley philipoakley@xxxxxxxI'd also suggest a patch to the 'git' page to bring out the command line interface man page, including an emphasis on each of the other information pages, along the lines of (probably managled/see attached):
-- >8 --
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From: Philip Oakley <philipoakley@xxxxxxx> Date: Fri, 17 Aug 2012 17:53:48 +0100 Subject: Include 'see gitcli' link, and separate the other links Provide a link to the git command line interface information, and separate for readability, the differing Tutorial, User-manual, and CVS instruction links. Signed-off-by: Philip Oakley <philipoakley@xxxxxxx> --- Documentation/git.txt | 12 +++++++----- 1 files changed, 7 insertions(+), 5 deletions(-) diff --git a/Documentation/git.txt b/Documentation/git.txt index ca85d1d..75b35ce 100644 --- a/Documentation/git.txt +++ b/Documentation/git.txt@@ -22,11 +22,13 @@ unusually rich command set that provides both high-level operations
and full access to internals. See linkgit:gittutorial to get started, then see-link:everyday.html[Everyday Git] for a useful minimum set of commands, and
-"man git-commandname" for documentation of each command. CVS users may -also want to read linkgit:gitcvs-migration. See -the link:user-manual.html[Git User's Manual] for a more in-depth -introduction. +link:everyday.html[Everyday Git] for a useful minimum set of commands.+Use "man git-commandname" for documentation of each command, or "git help".
+ +CVS users may also want to read linkgit:gitcvs-migration. + +See the link:user-manual.html[Git User's Manual] for a more in-depth+introduction, and linkgit:gitcli for details of git's command line interface.
The '<command>' is either a name of a Git command (see below) or an alias
as defined in the configuration file (see linkgit:git-config). -- 1.7.8.msysgit.0
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