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From: "brian m. carlson" <>
To: Matthieu Moy <>
Cc: Duy Nguyen <>, Jeff King <>,
	Git Mailing List <>
Subject: Re: Add configuration options for some commonly used command-line options
Date: Sun, 19 Mar 2017 13:18:45 +0000
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On Sun, Mar 19, 2017 at 11:15:33AM +0100, Matthieu Moy wrote:
> I think the main problem is indeed "stop the users from shooting
> themselves in the foot". Many command-line options change the behavior
> completely so allowing users to enable them by default means allowing
> the users to change Git in such a way that scripts calling it are
> broken.
> This also doesn't help when troublshouting an issue as these options are
> typically something set once and for all and which you forget about.
> This typically leads to discussion in Q&A forums like:
> A: Can you run "git foo"?
> B: Here's the result: ...
> A: I don't understand, I can't reproduce here.
> just because B has a CLI option enabled by default.
> This is the same reasoning that leads Git to forbid aliasing an existing
> command to something else.
> OTOH, we already have almost "enable such or such option by default"
> with aliases. People who always run "git am" with "-3" can write
> [alias]
>         a3 = am -3
> and just run "git a3".

I tend to agree here.  At work, we have code that wants git status
--porcelain to be empty.  If a user added -b to all of their git status
calls (to make -s output more helpful), that would break a lot of
tooling.  It's much better if they create an alias, since that doesn't
affect automated tools.

I expect developers of things such as fugitive would dislike such a
feature as well.  I get the impression our existing config file options
already make life difficult enough.
brian m. carlson / brian with sandals: Houston, Texas, US
+1 832 623 2791 | | My opinion only

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Thread overview: 19+ messages / expand[flat|nested]  mbox.gz  Atom feed  top
2017-03-19  9:57 Add configuration options for some commonly used command-line options (Was: [RFH] GSoC 2015 application) Duy Nguyen
2017-03-19 10:15 ` Add configuration options for some commonly used command-line options Matthieu Moy
2017-03-19 13:18   ` brian m. carlson [this message]
2017-03-19 13:43     ` Ævar Arnfjörð Bjarmason
2017-03-20 10:56       ` Duy Nguyen
2017-03-20 17:32         ` Brandon Williams
2017-03-20 18:18           ` Jeff King
2017-03-31 19:44             ` Brandon McCaig
2017-03-20 18:56           ` Junio C Hamano
2017-03-20 19:14             ` Jeff King
2017-03-20 21:57             ` Ævar Arnfjörð Bjarmason
2017-03-24 23:10       ` [PATCH/RFC] parse-options: add facility to make options configurable Ævar Arnfjörð Bjarmason
2017-03-25 16:47         ` Ævar Arnfjörð Bjarmason
2017-03-25 21:31           ` Jeff King
2017-03-25 22:32             ` Ævar Arnfjörð Bjarmason
2017-03-28  5:17               ` Jeff King
2017-03-28 13:13                 ` [PATCH/RFC v2] WIP configurable options facility Ævar Arnfjörð Bjarmason
2017-03-25 21:28         ` [PATCH/RFC] parse-options: add facility to make options configurable brian m. carlson
2017-03-20 10:42     ` Add configuration options for some commonly used command-line options Duy Nguyen

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