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       git - the stupid content tracker


       git [--version] [--help] [-C <path>] [-c <name>=<value>]
           [--exec-path[=<path>]] [--html-path] [--man-path] [--info-path]
           [-p|--paginate|-P|--no-pager] [--no-replace-objects] [--bare]
           [--git-dir=<path>] [--work-tree=<path>] [--namespace=<name>]
           [--super-prefix=<path>] [--config-env=<name>=<envvar>]
           <command> [<args>]


       Git is a fast, scalable, distributed revision control system with an unusually rich
       command set that provides both high-level operations and full access to internals.

       See gittutorial(7) to get started, then see giteveryday(7) for a useful minimum set of
       commands. The Git User’s Manual[1] has a more in-depth introduction.

       After you mastered the basic concepts, you can come back to this page to learn what
       commands Git offers. You can learn more about individual Git commands with "git help
       command". gitcli(7) manual page gives you an overview of the command-line command syntax.

       A formatted and hyperlinked copy of the latest Git documentation can be viewed at or


           Prints the Git suite version that the git program came from.

           Prints the synopsis and a list of the most commonly used commands. If the option --all
           or -a is given then all available commands are printed. If a Git command is named this
           option will bring up the manual page for that command.

           Other options are available to control how the manual page is displayed. See git-
           help(1) for more information, because git --help ...  is converted internally into git
           help ....

       -C <path>
           Run as if git was started in <path> instead of the current working directory. When
           multiple -C options are given, each subsequent non-absolute -C <path> is interpreted
           relative to the preceding -C <path>. If <path> is present but empty, e.g.  -C "", then
           the current working directory is left unchanged.

           This option affects options that expect path name like --git-dir and --work-tree in
           that their interpretations of the path names would be made relative to the working
           directory caused by the -C option. For example the following invocations are

               git --git-dir=a.git --work-tree=b -C c status
               git --git-dir=c/a.git --work-tree=c/b status

       -c <name>=<value>
           Pass a configuration parameter to the command. The value given will override values
           from configuration files. The <name> is expected in the same format as listed by git
           config (subkeys separated by dots).

           Note that omitting the = in git -c ...  is allowed and sets to the
           boolean true value (just like [foo]bar would in a config file). Including the equals
           but with an empty value (like git -c ...) sets to the empty string
           which git config --type=bool will convert to false.

           Like -c <name>=<value>, give configuration variable <name> a value, where <envvar> is
           the name of an environment variable from which to retrieve the value. Unlike -c there
           is no shortcut for directly setting the value to an empty string, instead the
           environment variable itself must be set to the empty string. It is an error if the
           <envvar> does not exist in the environment.  <envvar> may not contain an equals sign
           to avoid ambiguity with <name> containing one.

           This is useful for cases where you want to pass transitory configuration options to
           git, but are doing so on OS’s where other processes might be able to read your cmdline
           (e.g.  /proc/self/cmdline), but not your environ (e.g.  /proc/self/environ). That
           behavior is the default on Linux, but may not be on your system.

           Note that this might add security for variables such as http.extraHeader where the
           sensitive information is part of the value, but not e.g.  url.<base>.insteadOf where
           the sensitive information can be part of the key.

           Path to wherever your core Git programs are installed. This can also be controlled by
           setting the GIT_EXEC_PATH environment variable. If no path is given, git will print
           the current setting and then exit.

           Print the path, without trailing slash, where Git’s HTML documentation is installed
           and exit.

           Print the manpath (see man(1)) for the man pages for this version of Git and exit.

           Print the path where the Info files documenting this version of Git are installed and

       -p, --paginate
           Pipe all output into less (or if set, $PAGER) if standard output is a terminal. This
           overrides the pager.<cmd> configuration options (see the "Configuration Mechanism"
           section below).

       -P, --no-pager
           Do not pipe Git output into a pager.

           Set the path to the repository (".git" directory). This can also be controlled by
           setting the GIT_DIR environment variable. It can be an absolute path or relative path
           to current working directory.

           Specifying the location of the ".git" directory using this option (or GIT_DIR
           environment variable) turns off the repository discovery that tries to find a
           directory with ".git" subdirectory (which is how the repository and the top-level of
           the working tree are discovered), and tells Git that you are at the top level of the
           working tree. If you are not at the top-level directory of the working tree, you
           should tell Git where the top-level of the working tree is, with the
           --work-tree=<path> option (or GIT_WORK_TREE environment variable)

           If you just want to run git as if it was started in <path> then use git -C <path>.

           Set the path to the working tree. It can be an absolute path or a path relative to the
           current working directory. This can also be controlled by setting the GIT_WORK_TREE
           environment variable and the core.worktree configuration variable (see core.worktree
           in git-config(1) for a more detailed discussion).

           Set the Git namespace. See gitnamespaces(7) for more details. Equivalent to setting
           the GIT_NAMESPACE environment variable.

           Currently for internal use only. Set a prefix which gives a path from above a
           repository down to its root. One use is to give submodules context about the
           superproject that invoked it.

           Treat the repository as a bare repository. If GIT_DIR environment is not set, it is
           set to the current working directory.

           Do not use replacement refs to replace Git objects. See git-replace(1) for more

           Treat pathspecs literally (i.e. no globbing, no pathspec magic). This is equivalent to
           setting the GIT_LITERAL_PATHSPECS environment variable to 1.

           Add "glob" magic to all pathspec. This is equivalent to setting the GIT_GLOB_PATHSPECS
           environment variable to 1. Disabling globbing on individual pathspecs can be done
           using pathspec magic ":(literal)"

           Add "literal" magic to all pathspec. This is equivalent to setting the
           GIT_NOGLOB_PATHSPECS environment variable to 1. Enabling globbing on individual
           pathspecs can be done using pathspec magic ":(glob)"

           Add "icase" magic to all pathspec. This is equivalent to setting the
           GIT_ICASE_PATHSPECS environment variable to 1.

           Do not perform optional operations that require locks. This is equivalent to setting
           the GIT_OPTIONAL_LOCKS to 0.

           List commands by group. This is an internal/experimental option and may change or be
           removed in the future. Supported groups are: builtins, parseopt (builtin commands that
           use parse-options), main (all commands in libexec directory), others (all other
           commands in $PATH that have git- prefix), list-<category> (see categories in
           command-list.txt), nohelpers (exclude helper commands), alias and config (retrieve
           command list from config variable completion.commands)


       We divide Git into high level ("porcelain") commands and low level ("plumbing") commands.


       We separate the porcelain commands into the main commands and some ancillary user

   Main porcelain commands
           Add file contents to the index.

           Apply a series of patches from a mailbox.

           Create an archive of files from a named tree.

           Use binary search to find the commit that introduced a bug.

           List, create, or delete branches.

           Move objects and refs by archive.

           Switch branches or restore working tree files.

           Apply the changes introduced by some existing commits.

           Graphical alternative to git-commit.

           Remove untracked files from the working tree.

           Clone a repository into a new directory.

           Record changes to the repository.

           Give an object a human readable name based on an available ref.

           Show changes between commits, commit and working tree, etc.

           Download objects and refs from another repository.

           Prepare patches for e-mail submission.

           Cleanup unnecessary files and optimize the local repository.

           Print lines matching a pattern.

           A portable graphical interface to Git.

           Create an empty Git repository or reinitialize an existing one.

           Show commit logs.

           Run tasks to optimize Git repository data.

           Join two or more development histories together.

           Move or rename a file, a directory, or a symlink.

           Add or inspect object notes.

           Fetch from and integrate with another repository or a local branch.

           Update remote refs along with associated objects.

           Compare two commit ranges (e.g. two versions of a branch).

           Reapply commits on top of another base tip.

           Reset current HEAD to the specified state.

           Restore working tree files.

           Revert some existing commits.

           Remove files from the working tree and from the index.

           Summarize git log output.

           Show various types of objects.

           Initialize and modify the sparse-checkout.

           Stash the changes in a dirty working directory away.

           Show the working tree status.

           Initialize, update or inspect submodules.

           Switch branches.

           Create, list, delete or verify a tag object signed with GPG.

           Manage multiple working trees.

           The Git repository browser.

   Ancillary Commands

           Get and set repository or global options.

           Git data exporter.

           Backend for fast Git data importers.

           Rewrite branches.

           Run merge conflict resolution tools to resolve merge conflicts.

           Pack heads and tags for efficient repository access.

           Prune all unreachable objects from the object database.

           Manage reflog information.

           Manage set of tracked repositories.

           Pack unpacked objects in a repository.

           Create, list, delete refs to replace objects.


           Annotate file lines with commit information.

           Show what revision and author last modified each line of a file.

           Collect information for user to file a bug report.

           Count unpacked number of objects and their disk consumption.

           Show changes using common diff tools.

           Verifies the connectivity and validity of the objects in the database.

           Display help information about Git.

           Instantly browse your working repository in gitweb.

           Show three-way merge without touching index.

           Reuse recorded resolution of conflicted merges.

           Show branches and their commits.

           Check the GPG signature of commits.

           Check the GPG signature of tags.

           Show logs with difference each commit introduces.

           Git web interface (web frontend to Git repositories).

   Interacting with Others
       These commands are to interact with foreign SCM and with other people via patch over

           Import a GNU Arch repository into Git.

           Export a single commit to a CVS checkout.

           Salvage your data out of another SCM people love to hate.

           A CVS server emulator for Git.

           Send a collection of patches from stdin to an IMAP folder.

           Import from and submit to Perforce repositories.

           Applies a quilt patchset onto the current branch.

           Generates a summary of pending changes.

           Send a collection of patches as emails.

           Bidirectional operation between a Subversion repository and Git.

   Reset, restore and revert
       There are three commands with similar names: git reset, git restore and git revert.

       •   git-revert(1) is about making a new commit that reverts the changes made by other

       •   git-restore(1) is about restoring files in the working tree from either the index or
           another commit. This command does not update your branch. The command can also be used
           to restore files in the index from another commit.

       •   git-reset(1) is about updating your branch, moving the tip in order to add or remove
           commits from the branch. This operation changes the commit history.

           git reset can also be used to restore the index, overlapping with git restore.


       Although Git includes its own porcelain layer, its low-level commands are sufficient to
       support development of alternative porcelains. Developers of such porcelains might start
       by reading about git-update-index(1) and git-read-tree(1).

       The interface (input, output, set of options and the semantics) to these low-level
       commands are meant to be a lot more stable than Porcelain level commands, because these
       commands are primarily for scripted use. The interface to Porcelain commands on the other
       hand are subject to change in order to improve the end user experience.

       The following description divides the low-level commands into commands that manipulate
       objects (in the repository, index, and working tree), commands that interrogate and
       compare objects, and commands that move objects and references between repositories.

   Manipulation commands
           Apply a patch to files and/or to the index.

           Copy files from the index to the working tree.

           Write and verify Git commit-graph files.

           Create a new commit object.

           Compute object ID and optionally creates a blob from a file.

           Build pack index file for an existing packed archive.

           Run a three-way file merge.

           Run a merge for files needing merging.

           Creates a tag object with extra validation.

           Build a tree-object from ls-tree formatted text.

           Write and verify multi-pack-indexes.

           Create a packed archive of objects.

           Remove extra objects that are already in pack files.

           Reads tree information into the index.

           Read, modify and delete symbolic refs.

           Unpack objects from a packed archive.

           Register file contents in the working tree to the index.

           Update the object name stored in a ref safely.

           Create a tree object from the current index.

   Interrogation commands
           Provide content or type and size information for repository objects.

           Find commits yet to be applied to upstream.

           Compares files in the working tree and the index.

           Compare a tree to the working tree or index.

           Compares the content and mode of blobs found via two tree objects.

           Output information on each ref.

           Run a Git command on a list of repositories.

           Extract commit ID from an archive created using git-archive.

           Show information about files in the index and the working tree.

           List references in a remote repository.

           List the contents of a tree object.

           Find as good common ancestors as possible for a merge.

           Find symbolic names for given revs.

           Find redundant pack files.

           Lists commit objects in reverse chronological order.

           Pick out and massage parameters.

           Show packed archive index.

           List references in a local repository.

           Creates a temporary file with a blob’s contents.

           Show a Git logical variable.

           Validate packed Git archive files.

       In general, the interrogate commands do not touch the files in the working tree.

   Syncing repositories
           A really simple server for Git repositories.

           Receive missing objects from another repository.

           Server side implementation of Git over HTTP.

           Push objects over Git protocol to another repository.

           Update auxiliary info file to help dumb servers.

       The following are helper commands used by the above; end users typically do not use them

           Download from a remote Git repository via HTTP.

           Push objects over HTTP/DAV to another repository.

           Receive what is pushed into the repository.

           Restricted login shell for Git-only SSH access.

           Send archive back to git-archive.

           Send objects packed back to git-fetch-pack.

   Internal helper commands
       These are internal helper commands used by other commands; end users typically do not use
       them directly.

           Display gitattributes information.

           Debug gitignore / exclude files.

           Show canonical names and email addresses of contacts.

           Ensures that a reference name is well formed.

           Display data in columns.

           Retrieve and store user credentials.

           Helper to temporarily store passwords in memory.

           Helper to store credentials on disk.

           Produce a merge commit message.

           Add or parse structured information in commit messages.

           Extracts patch and authorship from a single e-mail message.

           Simple UNIX mbox splitter program.

           The standard helper program to use with git-merge-index.

           Compute unique ID for a patch.

           Git’s i18n setup code for shell scripts.

           Common Git shell script setup code.

           Remove unnecessary whitespace.


       The following documentation pages are guides about Git concepts.

           Defining attributes per path.

           Git command-line interface and conventions.

           A Git core tutorial for developers.

           Providing usernames and passwords to Git.

           Git for CVS users.

           Tweaking diff output.

           A useful minimum set of commands for Everyday Git.

           Frequently asked questions about using Git.

           A Git Glossary.

           Hooks used by Git.

           Specifies intentionally untracked files to ignore.

           Map author/committer names and/or E-Mail addresses.

           Defining submodule properties.

           Git namespaces.

           Helper programs to interact with remote repositories.

           Git Repository Layout.

           Specifying revisions and ranges for Git.

           Mounting one repository inside another.

           A tutorial introduction to Git.

           A tutorial introduction to Git: part two.

           An overview of recommended workflows with Git.


       Git uses a simple text format to store customizations that are per repository and are per
       user. Such a configuration file may look like this:

           # A '#' or ';' character indicates a comment.

           ; core variables
                   ; Don't trust file modes
                   filemode = false

           ; user identity
                   name = "Junio C Hamano"
                   email = ""

       Various commands read from the configuration file and adjust their operation accordingly.
       See git-config(1) for a list and more details about the configuration mechanism.


           Indicates the object name for any type of object.

           Indicates a blob object name.

           Indicates a tree object name.

           Indicates a commit object name.

           Indicates a tree, commit or tag object name. A command that takes a <tree-ish>
           argument ultimately wants to operate on a <tree> object but automatically dereferences
           <commit> and <tag> objects that point at a <tree>.

           Indicates a commit or tag object name. A command that takes a <commit-ish> argument
           ultimately wants to operate on a <commit> object but automatically dereferences <tag>
           objects that point at a <commit>.

           Indicates that an object type is required. Currently one of: blob, tree, commit, or

           Indicates a filename - almost always relative to the root of the tree structure
           GIT_INDEX_FILE describes.


       Any Git command accepting any <object> can also use the following symbolic notation:

           indicates the head of the current branch.

           a valid tag name (i.e. a refs/tags/<tag> reference).

           a valid head name (i.e. a refs/heads/<head> reference).

       For a more complete list of ways to spell object names, see "SPECIFYING REVISIONS" section
       in gitrevisions(7).


       Please see the gitrepository-layout(5) document.

       Read githooks(5) for more details about each hook.

       Higher level SCMs may provide and manage additional information in the $GIT_DIR.


       Please see gitglossary(7).


       Various Git commands use the following environment variables:

   The Git Repository
       These environment variables apply to all core Git commands. Nb: it is worth noting that
       they may be used/overridden by SCMS sitting above Git so take care if using a foreign

           This environment allows the specification of an alternate index file. If not
           specified, the default of $GIT_DIR/index is used.

           This environment variable allows the specification of an index version for new
           repositories. It won’t affect existing index files. By default index file version 2 or
           3 is used. See git-update-index(1) for more information.

           If the object storage directory is specified via this environment variable then the
           sha1 directories are created underneath - otherwise the default $GIT_DIR/objects
           directory is used.

           Due to the immutable nature of Git objects, old objects can be archived into shared,
           read-only directories. This variable specifies a ":" separated (on Windows ";"
           separated) list of Git object directories which can be used to search for Git objects.
           New objects will not be written to these directories.

           Entries that begin with " (double-quote) will be interpreted as C-style quoted paths,
           removing leading and trailing double-quotes and respecting backslash escapes. E.g.,
           the value "path-with-\"-and-:-in-it":vanilla-path has two paths:
           path-with-"-and-:-in-it and vanilla-path.

           If the GIT_DIR environment variable is set then it specifies a path to use instead of
           the default .git for the base of the repository. The --git-dir command-line option
           also sets this value.

           Set the path to the root of the working tree. This can also be controlled by the
           --work-tree command-line option and the core.worktree configuration variable.

           Set the Git namespace; see gitnamespaces(7) for details. The --namespace command-line
           option also sets this value.

           This should be a colon-separated list of absolute paths. If set, it is a list of
           directories that Git should not chdir up into while looking for a repository directory
           (useful for excluding slow-loading network directories). It will not exclude the
           current working directory or a GIT_DIR set on the command line or in the environment.
           Normally, Git has to read the entries in this list and resolve any symlink that might
           be present in order to compare them with the current directory. However, if even this
           access is slow, you can add an empty entry to the list to tell Git that the subsequent
           entries are not symlinks and needn’t be resolved; e.g.,

           When run in a directory that does not have ".git" repository directory, Git tries to
           find such a directory in the parent directories to find the top of the working tree,
           but by default it does not cross filesystem boundaries. This environment variable can
           be set to true to tell Git not to stop at filesystem boundaries. Like
           GIT_CEILING_DIRECTORIES, this will not affect an explicit repository directory set via
           GIT_DIR or on the command line.

           If this variable is set to a path, non-worktree files that are normally in $GIT_DIR
           will be taken from this path instead. Worktree-specific files such as HEAD or index
           are taken from $GIT_DIR. See gitrepository-layout(5) and git-worktree(1) for details.
           This variable has lower precedence than other path variables such as GIT_INDEX_FILE,

           If this variable is set, the default hash algorithm for new repositories will be set
           to this value. This value is currently ignored when cloning; the setting of the remote
           repository is used instead. The default is "sha1". THIS VARIABLE IS EXPERIMENTAL! See
           --object-format in git-init(1).

   Git Commits
           The human-readable name used in the author identity when creating commit or tag
           objects, or when writing reflogs. Overrides the and
           configuration settings.

           The email address used in the author identity when creating commit or tag objects, or
           when writing reflogs. Overrides the and configuration

           The date used for the author identity when creating commit or tag objects, or when
           writing reflogs. See git-commit(1) for valid formats.

           The human-readable name used in the committer identity when creating commit or tag
           objects, or when writing reflogs. Overrides the and
           configuration settings.

           The email address used in the author identity when creating commit or tag objects, or
           when writing reflogs. Overrides the and configuration

           The date used for the committer identity when creating commit or tag objects, or when
           writing reflogs. See git-commit(1) for valid formats.

           The email address used in the author and committer identities if no other relevant
           environment variable or configuration setting has been set.

   Git Diffs
           Only valid setting is "--unified=??" or "-u??" to set the number of context lines
           shown when a unified diff is created. This takes precedence over any "-U" or
           "--unified" option value passed on the Git diff command line.

           When the environment variable GIT_EXTERNAL_DIFF is set, the program named by it is
           called to generate diffs, and Git does not use its builtin diff machinery. For a path
           that is added, removed, or modified, GIT_EXTERNAL_DIFF is called with 7 parameters:

               path old-file old-hex old-mode new-file new-hex new-mode


           are files GIT_EXTERNAL_DIFF can use to read the contents of <old|new>,

           are the 40-hexdigit SHA-1 hashes,

           are the octal representation of the file modes.

           The file parameters can point at the user’s working file (e.g.  new-file in
           "git-diff-files"), /dev/null (e.g.  old-file when a new file is added), or a temporary
           file (e.g.  old-file in the index).  GIT_EXTERNAL_DIFF should not worry about
           unlinking the temporary file --- it is removed when GIT_EXTERNAL_DIFF exits.

           For a path that is unmerged, GIT_EXTERNAL_DIFF is called with 1 parameter, <path>.

           For each path GIT_EXTERNAL_DIFF is called, two environment variables,

           A 1-based counter incremented by one for every path.

           The total number of paths.

           A number controlling the amount of output shown by the recursive merge strategy.
           Overrides merge.verbosity. See git-merge(1)

           This environment variable overrides $PAGER. If it is set to an empty string or to the
           value "cat", Git will not launch a pager. See also the core.pager option in git-

           A number controlling how many seconds to delay before showing optional progress
           indicators. Defaults to 2.

           This environment variable overrides $EDITOR and $VISUAL. It is used by several Git
           commands when, on interactive mode, an editor is to be launched. See also git-var(1)
           and the core.editor option in git-config(1).

           This environment variable overrides the configured Git editor when editing the todo
           list of an interactive rebase. See also git-rebase(1) and the sequence.editor option
           in git-config(1).

           If either of these environment variables is set then git fetch and git push will use
           the specified command instead of ssh when they need to connect to a remote system. The
           command-line parameters passed to the configured command are determined by the ssh
           variant. See ssh.variant option in git-config(1) for details.

           $GIT_SSH_COMMAND takes precedence over $GIT_SSH, and is interpreted by the shell,
           which allows additional arguments to be included.  $GIT_SSH on the other hand must be
           just the path to a program (which can be a wrapper shell script, if additional
           arguments are needed).

           Usually it is easier to configure any desired options through your personal
           .ssh/config file. Please consult your ssh documentation for further details.

           If this environment variable is set, it overrides Git’s autodetection whether
           GIT_SSH/GIT_SSH_COMMAND/core.sshCommand refer to OpenSSH, plink or tortoiseplink. This
           variable overrides the config setting ssh.variant that serves the same purpose.

           If this environment variable is set, then Git commands which need to acquire passwords
           or passphrases (e.g. for HTTP or IMAP authentication) will call this program with a
           suitable prompt as command-line argument and read the password from its STDOUT. See
           also the core.askPass option in git-config(1).

           If this environment variable is set to 0, git will not prompt on the terminal (e.g.,
           when asking for HTTP authentication).

           Take the configuration from the given files instead from global or system-level
           configuration files. If GIT_CONFIG_SYSTEM is set, the system config file defined at
           build time (usually /etc/gitconfig) will not be read. Likewise, if GIT_CONFIG_GLOBAL
           is set, neither $HOME/.gitconfig nor $XDG_CONFIG_HOME/git/config will be read. Can be
           set to /dev/null to skip reading configuration files of the respective level.

           Whether to skip reading settings from the system-wide $(prefix)/etc/gitconfig file.
           This environment variable can be used along with $HOME and $XDG_CONFIG_HOME to create
           a predictable environment for a picky script, or you can set it temporarily to avoid
           using a buggy /etc/gitconfig file while waiting for someone with sufficient
           permissions to fix it.

           If this environment variable is set to "1", then commands such as git blame (in
           incremental mode), git rev-list, git log, git check-attr and git check-ignore will
           force a flush of the output stream after each record have been flushed. If this
           variable is set to "0", the output of these commands will be done using completely
           buffered I/O. If this environment variable is not set, Git will choose buffered or
           record-oriented flushing based on whether stdout appears to be redirected to a file or

           Enables general trace messages, e.g. alias expansion, built-in command execution and
           external command execution.

           If this variable is set to "1", "2" or "true" (comparison is case insensitive), trace
           messages will be printed to stderr.

           If the variable is set to an integer value greater than 2 and lower than 10 (strictly)
           then Git will interpret this value as an open file descriptor and will try to write
           the trace messages into this file descriptor.

           Alternatively, if the variable is set to an absolute path (starting with a /
           character), Git will interpret this as a file path and will try to append the trace
           messages to it.

           Unsetting the variable, or setting it to empty, "0" or "false" (case insensitive)
           disables trace messages.

           Enables trace messages for the filesystem monitor extension. See GIT_TRACE for
           available trace output options.

           Enables trace messages for all accesses to any packs. For each access, the pack file
           name and an offset in the pack is recorded. This may be helpful for troubleshooting
           some pack-related performance problems. See GIT_TRACE for available trace output

           Enables trace messages for all packets coming in or out of a given program. This can
           help with debugging object negotiation or other protocol issues. Tracing is turned off
           at a packet starting with "PACK" (but see GIT_TRACE_PACKFILE below). See GIT_TRACE for
           available trace output options.

           Enables tracing of packfiles sent or received by a given program. Unlike other trace
           output, this trace is verbatim: no headers, and no quoting of binary data. You almost
           certainly want to direct into a file (e.g., GIT_TRACE_PACKFILE=/tmp/my.pack) rather
           than displaying it on the terminal or mixing it with other trace output.

           Note that this is currently only implemented for the client side of clones and

           Enables performance related trace messages, e.g. total execution time of each Git
           command. See GIT_TRACE for available trace output options.

           Enables trace messages for operations on the ref database. See GIT_TRACE for available
           trace output options.

           Enables trace messages printing the .git, working tree and current working directory
           after Git has completed its setup phase. See GIT_TRACE for available trace output

           Enables trace messages that can help debugging fetching / cloning of shallow
           repositories. See GIT_TRACE for available trace output options.

           Enables a curl full trace dump of all incoming and outgoing data, including
           descriptive information, of the git transport protocol. This is similar to doing curl
           --trace-ascii on the command line. See GIT_TRACE for available trace output options.

           When a curl trace is enabled (see GIT_TRACE_CURL above), do not dump data (that is,
           only dump info lines and headers).

           Enables more detailed trace messages from the "trace2" library. Output from GIT_TRACE2
           is a simple text-based format for human readability.

           If this variable is set to "1", "2" or "true" (comparison is case insensitive), trace
           messages will be printed to stderr.

           If the variable is set to an integer value greater than 2 and lower than 10 (strictly)
           then Git will interpret this value as an open file descriptor and will try to write
           the trace messages into this file descriptor.

           Alternatively, if the variable is set to an absolute path (starting with a /
           character), Git will interpret this as a file path and will try to append the trace
           messages to it. If the path already exists and is a directory, the trace messages will
           be written to files (one per process) in that directory, named according to the last
           component of the SID and an optional counter (to avoid filename collisions).

           In addition, if the variable is set to af_unix:[<socket_type>:]<absolute-pathname>,
           Git will try to open the path as a Unix Domain Socket. The socket type can be either
           stream or dgram.

           Unsetting the variable, or setting it to empty, "0" or "false" (case insensitive)
           disables trace messages.

           See Trace2 documentation[2] for full details.

           This setting writes a JSON-based format that is suited for machine interpretation. See
           GIT_TRACE2 for available trace output options and Trace2 documentation[2] for full

           In addition to the text-based messages available in GIT_TRACE2, this setting writes a
           column-based format for understanding nesting regions. See GIT_TRACE2 for available
           trace output options and Trace2 documentation[2] for full details.

           By default, when tracing is activated, Git redacts the values of cookies, the
           "Authorization:" header, and the "Proxy-Authorization:" header. Set this variable to 0
           to prevent this redaction.

           Setting this variable to 1 will cause Git to treat all pathspecs literally, rather
           than as glob patterns. For example, running GIT_LITERAL_PATHSPECS=1 git log -- '*.c'
           will search for commits that touch the path *.c, not any paths that the glob *.c
           matches. You might want this if you are feeding literal paths to Git (e.g., paths
           previously given to you by git ls-tree, --raw diff output, etc).

           Setting this variable to 1 will cause Git to treat all pathspecs as glob patterns (aka
           "glob" magic).

           Setting this variable to 1 will cause Git to treat all pathspecs as literal (aka
           "literal" magic).

           Setting this variable to 1 will cause Git to treat all pathspecs as case-insensitive.

           When a ref is updated, reflog entries are created to keep track of the reason why the
           ref was updated (which is typically the name of the high-level command that updated
           the ref), in addition to the old and new values of the ref. A scripted Porcelain
           command can use set_reflog_action helper function in git-sh-setup to set its name to
           this variable when it is invoked as the top level command by the end user, to be
           recorded in the body of the reflog.

           If set to 1, include broken or badly named refs when iterating over lists of refs. In
           a normal, non-corrupted repository, this does nothing. However, enabling it may help
           git to detect and abort some operations in the presence of broken refs. Git sets this
           variable automatically when performing destructive operations like git-prune(1). You
           should not need to set it yourself unless you want to be paranoid about making sure an
           operation has touched every ref (e.g., because you are cloning a repository to make a

           If set to a colon-separated list of protocols, behave as if protocol.allow is set to
           never, and each of the listed protocols has protocol.<name>.allow set to always
           (overriding any existing configuration). In other words, any protocol not mentioned
           will be disallowed (i.e., this is a whitelist, not a blacklist). See the description
           of protocol.allow in git-config(1) for more details.

           Set to 0 to prevent protocols used by fetch/push/clone which are configured to the
           user state. This is useful to restrict recursive submodule initialization from an
           untrusted repository or for programs which feed potentially-untrusted URLS to git
           commands. See git-config(1) for more details.

           For internal use only. Used in handshaking the wire protocol. Contains a colon :
           separated list of keys with optional values key[=value]. Presence of unknown keys and
           values must be ignored.

           If set to 0, Git will complete any requested operation without performing any optional
           sub-operations that require taking a lock. For example, this will prevent git status
           from refreshing the index as a side effect. This is useful for processes running in
           the background which do not want to cause lock contention with other operations on the
           repository. Defaults to 1.

           Windows-only: allow redirecting the standard input/output/error handles to paths
           specified by the environment variables. This is particularly useful in multi-threaded
           applications where the canonical way to pass standard handles via CreateProcess() is
           not an option because it would require the handles to be marked inheritable (and
           consequently every spawned process would inherit them, possibly blocking regular Git
           operations). The primary intended use case is to use named pipes for communication
           (e.g.  \\.\pipe\my-git-stdin-123).

           Two special values are supported: off will simply close the corresponding standard
           handle, and if GIT_REDIRECT_STDERR is 2>&1, standard error will be redirected to the
           same handle as standard output.

       GIT_PRINT_SHA1_ELLIPSIS (deprecated)
           If set to yes, print an ellipsis following an (abbreviated) SHA-1 value. This affects
           indications of detached HEADs (git-checkout(1)) and the raw diff output (git-diff(1)).
           Printing an ellipsis in the cases mentioned is no longer considered adequate and
           support for it is likely to be removed in the foreseeable future (along with the


       More detail on the following is available from the Git concepts chapter of the
       user-manual[3] and gitcore-tutorial(7).

       A Git project normally consists of a working directory with a ".git" subdirectory at the
       top level. The .git directory contains, among other things, a compressed object database
       representing the complete history of the project, an "index" file which links that history
       to the current contents of the working tree, and named pointers into that history such as
       tags and branch heads.

       The object database contains objects of three main types: blobs, which hold file data;
       trees, which point to blobs and other trees to build up directory hierarchies; and
       commits, which each reference a single tree and some number of parent commits.

       The commit, equivalent to what other systems call a "changeset" or "version", represents a
       step in the project’s history, and each parent represents an immediately preceding step.
       Commits with more than one parent represent merges of independent lines of development.

       All objects are named by the SHA-1 hash of their contents, normally written as a string of
       40 hex digits. Such names are globally unique. The entire history leading up to a commit
       can be vouched for by signing just that commit. A fourth object type, the tag, is provided
       for this purpose.

       When first created, objects are stored in individual files, but for efficiency may later
       be compressed together into "pack files".

       Named pointers called refs mark interesting points in history. A ref may contain the SHA-1
       name of an object or the name of another ref. Refs with names beginning ref/head/ contain
       the SHA-1 name of the most recent commit (or "head") of a branch under development. SHA-1
       names of tags of interest are stored under ref/tags/. A special ref named HEAD contains
       the name of the currently checked-out branch.

       The index file is initialized with a list of all paths and, for each path, a blob object
       and a set of attributes. The blob object represents the contents of the file as of the
       head of the current branch. The attributes (last modified time, size, etc.) are taken from
       the corresponding file in the working tree. Subsequent changes to the working tree can be
       found by comparing these attributes. The index may be updated with new content, and new
       commits may be created from the content stored in the index.

       The index is also capable of storing multiple entries (called "stages") for a given
       pathname. These stages are used to hold the various unmerged version of a file when a
       merge is in progress.


       See the references in the "description" section to get started using Git. The following is
       probably more detail than necessary for a first-time user.

       The Git concepts chapter of the user-manual[3] and gitcore-tutorial(7) both provide
       introductions to the underlying Git architecture.

       See gitworkflows(7) for an overview of recommended workflows.

       See also the howto[4] documents for some useful examples.

       The internals are documented in the Git API documentation[5].

       Users migrating from CVS may also want to read gitcvs-migration(7).


       Git was started by Linus Torvalds, and is currently maintained by Junio C Hamano. Numerous
       contributions have come from the Git mailing list <[6]>. gives you a more complete list of

       If you have a clone of git.git itself, the output of git-shortlog(1) and git-blame(1) can
       show you the authors for specific parts of the project.


       Report bugs to the Git mailing list <[6]> where the development and
       maintenance is primarily done. You do not have to be subscribed to the list to send a
       message there. See the list archive at for previous bug
       reports and other discussions.

       Issues which are security relevant should be disclosed privately to the Git Security
       mailing list <[7]>.


       gittutorial(7), gittutorial-2(7), giteveryday(7), gitcvs-migration(7), gitglossary(7),
       gitcore-tutorial(7), gitcli(7), The Git User’s Manual[1], gitworkflows(7)


       Part of the git(1) suite


        1. Git User’s Manual

        2. Trace2 documentation

        3. Git concepts chapter of the user-manual

        4. howto

        5. Git API documentation