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Git v1.8.4.2 Release Notes
Fixes since v1.8.4.1
* "git clone" gave some progress messages to the standard output, not
to the standard error, and did not allow suppressing them with the
"--no-progress" option.
* "format-patch --from=<whom>" forgot to omit unnecessary in-body
from line, i.e. when <whom> is the same as the real author.
* "git shortlog" used to choke and die when there is a malformed
commit (e.g. missing authors); it now simply ignore such a commit
and keeps going.
* "git merge-recursive" did not parse its "--diff-algorithm=" command
line option correctly.
* "git branch --track" had a minor regression in v1.8.3.2 and later
that made it impossible to base your local work on anything but a
local branch of the upstream repository you are tracking from.
* "git ls-files -k" needs to crawl only the part of the working tree
that may overlap the paths in the index to find killed files, but
shared code with the logic to find all the untracked files, which
made it unnecessarily inefficient.
* When there is no sufficient overlap between old and new history
during a "git fetch" into a shallow repository, objects that the
sending side knows the receiving end has were unnecessarily sent.
* When running "fetch -q", a long silence while the sender side
computes the set of objects to send can be mistaken by proxies as
dropped connection. The server side has been taught to send a
small empty messages to keep the connection alive.
* When the webserver responds with "405 Method Not Allowed", "git
http-backend" should tell the client what methods are allowed with
the "Allow" header.
* "git cvsserver" computed the permission mode bits incorrectly for
executable files.
* The implementation of "add -i" has a crippling code to work around
ActiveState Perl limitation but it by mistake also triggered on Git
for Windows where MSYS perl is used.
* We made sure that we notice the user-supplied GIT_DIR is actually a
gitfile, but did not do the same when the default ".git" is a
* When an object is not found after checking the packfiles and then
loose object directory, read_sha1_file() re-checks the packfiles to
prevent racing with a concurrent repacker; teach the same logic to
* "git commit --author=$name", when $name is not in the canonical
"A. U. Thor <au.thor@example.xz>" format, looks for a matching name
from existing history, but did not consult mailmap to grab the
preferred author name.
* The commit object names in the insn sheet that was prepared at the
beginning of "rebase -i" session can become ambiguous as the
rebasing progresses and the repository gains more commits. Make
sure the internal record is kept with full 40-hex object names.
* "git rebase --preserve-merges" internally used the merge machinery
and as a side effect, left merge summary message in the log, but
when rebasing, there should not be a need for merge summary.
* "git rebase -i" forgot that the comment character can be
configurable while reading its insn sheet.
Also contains a handful of trivial code clean-ups, documentation
updates, updates to the test suite, etc.