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GIT v1.5.6 Release Notes
Updates since v1.5.5
* Comes with updated gitk and git-gui.
* git will build on AIX better than before now.
* core.ignorecase configuration variable can be used to work better on
filesystems that are not case sensitive.
* "git init" now autodetects the case sensitivity of the filesystem and
sets core.ignorecase accordingly.
* cpio is no longer used; neither "curl" binary (libcurl is still used).
* Many freestanding documentation pages have been converted and made
available to "git help" (aka "man git<something>") as section 7 of
the manual pages. This means bookmarks to some HTML documentation
files may need to be updated (eg "tutorial.html" became
* "git clone" was rewritten in C. This will hopefully help cloning a
repository with insane number of refs.
* "git rebase --onto $there $from $branch" used to switch to the tip of
$branch only to immediately reset back to $from, smudging work tree
files unnecessarily. This has been optimized.
* Object creation codepath in "git-svn" has been optimized by enhancing
plumbing commands git-cat-file and git-hash-object.
(usability, bells and whistles)
* "git add -p" (and the "patch" subcommand of "git add -i") can choose to
apply (or not apply) mode changes independently from contents changes.
* "git bisect help" gives longer and more helpful usage information.
* "git bisect" does not use a special branch "bisect" anymore; instead, it
does its work on a detached HEAD.
* "git branch" (and "git checkout -b") can be told to set up
branch.<name>.rebase automatically, so that later you can say "git pull"
and magically cause "git pull --rebase" to happen.
* "git branch --merged" and "git branch --no-merged" can be used to list
branches that have already been merged (or not yet merged) to the
current branch.
* "git cherry-pick" and "git revert" can add a sign-off.
* "git commit" mentions the author identity when you are committing
somebody else's changes.
* "git diff/log --dirstat" output is consistent between binary and textual
* "git filter-branch" rewrites signed tags by demoting them to annotated.
* "git format-patch --no-binary" can produce a patch that lack binary
changes (i.e. cannot be used to propagate the whole changes) meant only
for reviewing.
* "git init --bare" is a synonym for "git --bare init" now.
* "git gc --auto" honors a new pre-auto-gc hook to temporarily disable it.
* "git log --pretty=tformat:<custom format>" gives a LF after each entry,
instead of giving a LF between each pair of entries which is how
"git log --pretty=format:<custom format>" works.
* "git log" and friends learned the "--graph" option to show the ancestry
graph at the left margin of the output.
* "git log" and friends can be told to use date format that is different
from the default via '' configuration variable.
* "git send-email" now can send out messages outside a git repository.
* "git send-email --compose" was made aware of rfc2047 quoting.
* "git status" can optionally include output from "git submodule
* "git svn" learned --add-author-from option to propagate the authorship
by munging the commit log message.
* new object creation and looking up in "git svn" has been optimized.
* "gitweb" can read from a system-wide configuration file.
* "git unpack-objects" and "git receive-pack" is now more strict about
detecting breakage in the objects they receive over the wire.
Fixes since v1.5.5
All of the fixes in v1.5.5 maintenance series are included in
this release, unless otherwise noted.
And there are too numerous small fixes to otherwise note here ;-)