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Git 2.5 Release Notes
Updates since v2.4
UI, Workflows & Features
* The bash completion script (in contrib/) learned a few options that
"git revert" takes.
* Whitespace breakages in deleted and context lines can also be
painted in the output of "git diff" and friends with the new
--ws-error-highlight option.
* List of commands shown by "git help" are grouped along the workflow
elements to help early learners.
* "git p4" now detects the filetype (e.g. binary) correctly even when
the files are opened exclusively.
* git p4 attempts to better handle branches in Perforce.
* "git p4" learned "--changes-block-size <n>" to read the changes in
chunks from Perforce, instead of making one call to "p4 changes"
that may trigger "too many rows scanned" error from Perforce.
* More workaround for Perforce's row number limit in "git p4".
* Unlike "$EDITOR" and "$GIT_EDITOR" that can hold the path to the
command and initial options (e.g. "/path/to/emacs -nw"), 'git p4'
did not let the shell interpolate the contents of the environment
variable that name the editor "$P4EDITOR" (and "$EDITOR", too).
This release makes it in line with the rest of Git, as well as with
* A new short-hand <branch>@{push} denotes the remote-tracking branch
that tracks the branch at the remote the <branch> would be pushed
* "git show-branch --topics HEAD" (with no other arguments) did not
do anything interesting. Instead, contrast the given revision
against all the local branches by default.
* A replacement for contrib/workdir/git-new-workdir that does not
rely on symbolic links and make sharing of objects and refs safer
by making the borrowee and borrowers aware of each other.
Consider this as still an experimental feature; the UI will likely
to change.
* Tweak the sample "store" backend of the credential helper to honor
XDG configuration file locations when specified.
* A heuristic we use to catch mistyped paths on the command line
"git <cmd> <revs> <pathspec>" is to make sure that all the non-rev
parameters in the later part of the command line are names of the
files in the working tree, but that means "git grep $str -- \*.c"
must always be disambiguated with "--", because nobody sane will
create a file whose name literally is asterisk-dot-see. Loosen the
heuristic to declare that with a wildcard string the user likely
meant to give us a pathspec.
* "git merge FETCH_HEAD" learned that the previous "git fetch" could
be to create an Octopus merge, i.e. recording multiple branches
that are not marked as "not-for-merge"; this allows us to lose an
old style invocation "git merge <msg> HEAD $commits..." in the
implementation of "git pull" script; the old style syntax can now
be deprecated (but not removed yet).
* Filter scripts were run with SIGPIPE disabled on the Git side,
expecting that they may not read what Git feeds them to filter.
We however treated a filter that does not read its input fully
before exiting as an error. We no longer do and ignore EPIPE
when writing to feed the filter scripts.
This changes semantics, but arguably in a good way. If a filter
can produce its output without fully consuming its input using
whatever magic, we now let it do so, instead of diagnosing it
as a programming error.
* Instead of dying immediately upon failing to obtain a lock, the
locking (of refs etc) retries after a short while with backoff.
* Introduce http.<url>.SSLCipherList configuration variable to tweak
the list of cipher suite to be used with libcURL when talking with
https:// sites.
* "git subtree" script (in contrib/) used "echo -n" to produce
progress messages in a non-portable way.
* "git subtree" script (in contrib/) does not have --squash option
when pushing, but the documentation and help text pretended as if
it did.
* The Git subcommand completion (in contrib/) no longer lists credential
helpers among candidates; they are not something the end user would
invoke interactively.
* The index file can be taught with "update-index --untracked-cache"
to optionally remember already seen untracked files, in order to
speed up "git status" in a working tree with tons of cruft.
* "git mergetool" learned to drive WinMerge as a backend.
* "git upload-pack" that serves "git fetch" can be told to serve
commits that are not at the tip of any ref, as long as they are
reachable from a ref, with uploadpack.allowReachableSHA1InWant
configuration variable.
* "git cat-file --batch(-check)" learned the "--follow-symlinks"
option that follows an in-tree symbolic link when asked about an
object via extended SHA-1 syntax, e.g. HEAD:RelNotes that points at
Documentation/RelNotes/2.5.0.txt. With the new option, the command
behaves as if HEAD:Documentation/RelNotes/2.5.0.txt was given as
input instead.
Consider this as still an experimental and incomplete feature:
- We may want to do the same for in-index objects, e.g.
asking for :RelNotes with this option should give
:Documentation/RelNotes/2.5.0.txt, too
- "git cat-file --follow-symlinks blob HEAD:RelNotes"
may also be something we want to allow in the future.
* "git send-email" learned the alias file format used by the sendmail
program (in a simplified form; we obviously do not feed pipes).
* "git am" learned am.threeWay configuration variable.
* Traditionally, external low-level 3-way merge drivers are expected
to produce their results based solely on the contents of the three
variants given in temporary files named by %O, %A and %B on their
command line. Additionally allow them to look at the final path
(given by %P).
* "git blame" learned blame.showEmail configuration variable.
* "git apply" cannot diagnose a patch corruption when the breakage is
to mark the length of the hunk shorter than it really is on the
hunk header line "@@ -l,k +m,n @@"; one special case it could is
when the hunk becomes no-op (e.g. k == n == 2 for two-line context
patch output), and it learned to do so in this special case.
* Add the "--allow-unknown-type" option to "cat-file" to allow
inspecting loose objects of an experimental or a broken type.
* Many long-running operations show progress eye-candy, even when
they are later backgrounded. Hide the eye-candy when the process
is sent to the background instead.
(merge a4fb76c lm/squelch-bg-progress later to maint).
Performance, Internal Implementation, Development Support etc.
* "unsigned char [20]" used throughout the code to represent object
names are being converted into a semi-opaque "struct object_id".
This effort is expected to interfere with other topics in flight,
but hopefully will give us one extra level of abstraction in the
end, when completed.
* for_each_ref() callback functions were taught to name the objects
not with "unsigned char sha1[20]" but with "struct object_id".
* Catch a programmer mistake to feed a pointer not an array to
ARRAY_SIZE() macro, by using a couple of GCC extensions.
* Some error messages in "git config" were emitted without calling
the usual error() facility.
* When "add--interactive" splits a hunk into two overlapping hunks
and then let the user choose only one, it sometimes feeds an
incorrect patch text to "git apply". Add tests to demonstrate
I have a slight suspicion that this may be $gmane/87202 coming back
and biting us (I seem to have said "let's run with this and see
what happens" back then).
* More line-ending tests.
* An earlier rewrite to use strbuf_getwholeline() instead of fgets(3)
to read packed-refs file revealed that the former is unacceptably
inefficient. It has been optimized by using getdelim(3) when
* The refs API uses ref_lock struct which had its own "int fd", even
though the same file descriptor was in the lock struct it contains.
Clean-up the code to lose this redundant field.
* There was a dead code that used to handle "git pull --tags" and
show special-cased error message, which was made irrelevant when
the semantics of the option changed back in Git 1.9 days.
(merge 19d122b pt/pull-tags-error-diag later to maint).
* Help us to find broken test script that splits the body part of the
test by mistaken use of wrong kind of quotes.
(merge d93d5d5 jc/test-prereq-validate later to maint).
* Developer support to automatically detect broken &&-chain in the
test scripts is now turned on by default.
(merge 92b269f jk/test-chain-lint later to maint).
* Error reporting mechanism used in "refs" API has been made more
* "git pull" has more test coverage now.
* "git pull" has become more aware of the options meant for
underlying "git fetch" and then learned to use parse-options
Also contains various documentation updates and code clean-ups.
Fixes since v2.4
Unless otherwise noted, all the fixes since v2.4 in the maintenance
track are contained in this release (see the maintenance releases'
notes for details).
* Git 2.4 broke setting verbosity and progress levels on "git clone"
with native transports.
(merge 822f0c4 mh/clone-verbosity-fix later to maint).
* "git add -e" did not allow the user to abort the operation by
killing the editor.
(merge cb64800 jk/add-e-kill-editor later to maint).
* Memory usage of "git index-pack" has been trimmed by tens of
(merge f0e7f11 nd/slim-index-pack-memory-usage later to maint).
* "git rev-list --objects $old --not --all" to see if everything that
is reachable from $old is already connected to the existing refs
was very inefficient.
(merge b6e8a3b jk/still-interesting later to maint).
* "hash-object --literally" introduced in v2.2 was not prepared to
take a really long object type name.
(merge 1427a7f jc/hash-object later to maint).
* "git rebase --quiet" was not quite quiet when there is nothing to
(merge 22946a9 jk/rebase-quiet-noop later to maint).
* The completion for "log --decorate=" parameter value was incorrect.
(merge af16bda sg/complete-decorate-full-not-long later to maint).
* "filter-branch" corrupted commit log message that ends with an
incomplete line on platforms with some "sed" implementations that
munge such a line. Work it around by avoiding to use "sed".
(merge df06201 jk/filter-branch-use-of-sed-on-incomplete-line later to maint).
* "git daemon" fails to build from the source under NO_IPV6
configuration (regression in 2.4).
(merge d358f77 jc/daemon-no-ipv6-for-2.4.1 later to maint).
* Some time ago, "git blame" (incorrectly) lost the convert_to_git()
call when synthesizing a fake "tip" commit that represents the
state in the working tree, which broke folks who record the history
with LF line ending to make their project portable across platforms
while terminating lines in their working tree files with CRLF for
their platform.
(merge 4bf256d tb/blame-resurrect-convert-to-git later to maint).
* We avoid setting core.worktree when the repository location is the
".git" directory directly at the top level of the working tree, but
the code misdetected the case in which the working tree is at the
root level of the filesystem (which arguably is a silly thing to
do, but still valid).
(merge 84ccad8 jk/init-core-worktree-at-root later to maint).
* "git commit --date=now" or anything that relies on approxidate lost
the daylight-saving-time offset.
(merge f6e6362 jc/epochtime-wo-tz later to maint).
* Access to objects in repositories that borrow from another one on a
slow NFS server unnecessarily got more expensive due to recent code
becoming more cautious in a naive way not to lose objects to pruning.
(merge ee1c6c3 jk/prune-mtime later to maint).
* The codepaths that read .gitignore and .gitattributes files have been
taught that these files encoded in UTF-8 may have UTF-8 BOM marker at
the beginning; this makes it in line with what we do for configuration
files already.
(merge 27547e5 cn/bom-in-gitignore later to maint).
* a few helper scripts in the test suite did not report errors
(merge de248e9 ep/fix-test-lib-functions-report later to maint).
* The default $HOME/.gitconfig file created upon "git config --global"
that edits it had incorrectly spelled and
entries in it.
(merge 7e11052 oh/fix-config-default-user-name-section later to maint).
* "git cat-file bl $blob" failed to barf even though there is no
object type that is "bl".
(merge b7994af jk/type-from-string-gently later to maint).
* The usual "git diff" when seeing a file turning into a directory
showed a patchset to remove the file and create all files in the
directory, but "git diff --no-index" simply refused to work. Also,
when asked to compare a file and a directory, imitate POSIX "diff"
and compare the file with the file with the same name in the
directory, instead of refusing to run.
(merge 0615173 jc/diff-no-index-d-f later to maint).
* "git rebase -i" moved the "current" command from "todo" to "done" a
bit too prematurely, losing a step when a "pick" did not even start.
(merge 8cbc57c ph/rebase-i-redo later to maint).
* The connection initiation code for "ssh" transport tried to absorb
differences between the stock "ssh" and Putty-supplied "plink" and
its derivatives, but the logic to tell that we are using "plink"
variants were too loose and falsely triggered when "plink" appeared
anywhere in the path (e.g. "/home/me/bin/uplink/ssh").
(merge baaf233 bc/connect-plink later to maint).
* We have prepended $GIT_EXEC_PATH and the path "git" is installed in
(typically "/usr/bin") to $PATH when invoking subprograms and hooks
for almost eternity, but the original use case the latter tried to
support was semi-bogus (i.e. install git to /opt/foo/git and run it
without having /opt/foo on $PATH), and more importantly it has
become less and less relevant as Git grew more mainstream (i.e. the
users would _want_ to have it on their $PATH). Stop prepending the
path in which "git" is installed to users' $PATH, as that would
interfere the command search order people depend on (e.g. they may
not like versions of programs that are unrelated to Git in /usr/bin
and want to override them by having different ones in /usr/local/bin
and have the latter directory earlier in their $PATH).
(merge a0b4507 jk/git-no-more-argv0-path-munging later to maint).
* core.excludesfile (defaulting to $XDG_HOME/git/ignore) is supposed
to be overridden by repository-specific .git/info/exclude file, but
the order was swapped from the beginning. This belatedly fixes it.
(merge 099d2d8 jc/gitignore-precedence later to maint).
* There was a commented-out (instead of being marked to expect
failure) test that documented a breakage that was fixed since the
test was written; turn it into a proper test.
(merge 66d2e04 sb/t1020-cleanup later to maint).
* The "log --decorate" enhancement in Git 2.4 that shows the commit
at the tip of the current branch e.g. "HEAD -> master", did not
work with --decorate=full.
(merge 429ad20 mg/log-decorate-HEAD later to maint).
* The ref API did not handle cases where 'refs/heads/xyzzy/frotz' is
removed at the same time as 'refs/heads/xyzzy' is added (or vice
versa) very well.
(merge c628edf mh/ref-directory-file later to maint).
* Multi-ref transaction support we merged a few releases ago
unnecessarily kept many file descriptors open, risking to fail with
resource exhaustion. This is for 2.4.x track.
(merge 185ce3a mh/write-refs-sooner-2.4 later to maint).
* "git bundle verify" did not diagnose extra parameters on the
command line.
(merge 7886cfa ps/bundle-verify-arg later to maint).
* Various documentation mark-up fixes to make the output more
consistent in general and also make AsciiDoctor (an alternative
formatter) happier.
(merge d0258b9 jk/asciidoc-markup-fix later to maint).
(merge ad3967a jk/stripspace-asciidoctor-fix later to maint).
(merge 975e382 ja/tutorial-asciidoctor-fix later to maint).
* The code to read pack-bitmap wanted to allocate a few hundred
pointers to a structure, but by mistake allocated and leaked memory
enough to hold that many actual structures. Correct the allocation
size and also have it on stack, as it is small enough.
(merge 599dc76 rs/plug-leak-in-pack-bitmaps later to maint).
* The pull.ff configuration was supposed to override the merge.ff
configuration, but it didn't.
(merge db9bb28 pt/pull-ff-vs-merge-ff later to maint).
* "git pull --log" and "git pull --no-log" worked as expected, but
"git pull --log=20" did not.
(merge 5061a44 pt/pull-log-n later to maint).
* "git rerere forget" in a repository without rerere enabled gave a
cryptic error message; it should be a silent no-op instead.
(merge 0544574 jk/rerere-forget-check-enabled later to maint).
* "git rebase -i" fired post-rewrite hook when it shouldn't (namely,
when it was told to stop sequencing with 'exec' insn).
(merge 141ff8f mm/rebase-i-post-rewrite-exec later to maint).
* Clarify that "log --raw" and "log --format=raw" are unrelated
(merge 92de921 mm/log-format-raw-doc later to maint).
* Make "git stash something --help" error out, so that users can
safely say "git stash drop --help".
(merge 5ba2831 jk/stash-options later to maint).
* The clean/smudge interface did not work well when filtering an
empty contents (failed and then passed the empty input through).
It can be argued that a filter that produces anything but empty for
an empty input is nonsense, but if the user wants to do strange
things, then why not?
(merge f6a1e1e jh/filter-empty-contents later to maint).
* Communication between the HTTP server and http_backend process can
lead to a dead-lock when relaying a large ref negotiation request.
Diagnose the situation better, and mitigate it by reading such a
request first into core (to a reasonable limit).
(merge 636614f jk/http-backend-deadlock later to maint).
* "git clean pathspec..." tried to lstat(2) and complain even for
paths outside the given pathspec.
(merge 838d6a9 dt/clean-pathspec-filter-then-lstat later to maint).
* Recent "git prune" traverses young unreachable objects to safekeep
old objects in the reachability chain from them, which sometimes
caused error messages that are unnecessarily alarming.
(merge ce4e7b2 jk/squelch-missing-link-warning-for-unreachable later to maint).
* The configuration reader/writer uses mmap(2) interface to access
the files; when we find a directory, it barfed with "Out of memory?".
(merge 9ca0aaf jk/diagnose-config-mmap-failure later to maint).
* "color.diff.plain" was a misnomer; give it 'color.diff.context' as
a more logical synonym.
(merge 8dbf3eb jk/color-diff-plain-is-context later to maint).
* The setup code used to die when core.bare and core.worktree are set
inconsistently, even for commands that do not need working tree.
(merge fada767 jk/die-on-bogus-worktree-late later to maint).
* Recent Mac OS X updates breaks the logic to detect that the machine
is on the AC power in the sample pre-auto-gc script.
(merge c54c7b3 pa/auto-gc-mac-osx later to maint).
* "git commit --cleanup=scissors" was not careful enough to protect
against getting fooled by a line that looked like scissors.
(merge fbfa097 sg/commit-cleanup-scissors later to maint).
* "Have we lost a race with competing repack?" check was too
expensive, especially while receiving a huge object transfer
that runs index-pack (e.g. "clone" or "fetch").
(merge 0eeb077 jk/index-pack-reduce-recheck later to maint).
* The tcsh completion writes a bash scriptlet but that would have
failed for users with noclobber set.
(merge 0b1f688 af/tcsh-completion-noclobber later to maint).
* "git for-each-ref" reported "missing object" for 0{40} when it
encounters a broken ref. The lack of object whose name is 0{40} is
not the problem; the ref being broken is.
(merge 501cf47 mh/reporting-broken-refs-from-for-each-ref later to maint).
* Various fixes around "git am" that applies a patch to a history
that is not there yet.
(merge 6ea3b67 pt/am-abort-fix later to maint).
* "git fsck" used to ignore missing or invalid objects recorded in reflog.
(merge 19bf6c9 mh/fsck-reflog-entries later to maint).
* "git format-patch --ignore-if-upstream A..B" did not like to be fed
tags as boundary commits.
(merge 9b7a61d jc/do-not-feed-tags-to-clear-commit-marks later to maint).
* "git fetch --depth=<depth>" and "git clone --depth=<depth>" issued
a shallow transfer request even to an upload-pack that does not
support the capability.
(merge eb86a50 me/fetch-into-shallow-safety later to maint).
* Code cleanups and documentation updates.
(merge 0269f96 mm/usage-log-l-can-take-regex later to maint).
(merge 64f2589 nd/t1509-chroot-test later to maint).
(merge d201a1e sb/test-bitmap-free-at-end later to maint).
(merge 05bfc7d sb/line-log-plug-pairdiff-leak later to maint).
(merge 846e5df pt/xdg-config-path later to maint).
(merge 1154aa4 jc/plug-fmt-merge-msg-leak later to maint).
(merge 319b678 jk/sha1-file-reduce-useless-warnings later to maint).
(merge 9a35c14 fg/document-commit-message-stripping later to maint).
(merge bbf431c ps/doc-packfile-vs-pack-file later to maint).
(merge 309a9e3 jk/skip-http-tests-under-no-curl later to maint).
(merge ccd593c dl/branch-error-message later to maint).
(merge 22570b6 rs/janitorial later to maint).
(merge 5c2a581 mc/commit-doc-grammofix later to maint).
(merge ce41720 ah/usage-strings later to maint).
(merge e6a268c sb/glossary-submodule later to maint).
(merge ec48a76 sb/submodule-doc-intro later to maint).
(merge 14f8b9b jk/clone-dissociate later to maint).
(merge 055c7e9 sb/pack-protocol-mention-smart-http later to maint).
(merge 7c37a5d jk/make-fix-dependencies later to maint).
(merge fc0aa39 sg/merge-summary-config later to maint).
(merge 329af6c pt/t0302-needs-sanity later to maint).
(merge d614f07 fk/doc-format-patch-vn later to maint).
(merge 72dbb36 sg/completion-commit-cleanup later to maint).
(merge e654eb2 es/utf8-stupid-compiler-workaround later to maint).
(merge 34b935c es/osx-header-pollutes-mask-macro later to maint).
(merge ab7fade jc/prompt-document-ps1-state-separator later to maint).
(merge 25f600e mm/describe-doc later to maint).