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From: Junio C Hamano <>
To: John Keeping <>
Cc:, Jeff King <>
Subject: Re: [PATCH] git-config: update doc for --get with multiple values
Date: Sun, 07 Jul 2013 10:31:38 -0700
Message-ID: <> (raw)
In-Reply-To: <20130707095026.GR9161@serenity.lan> (John Keeping's message of "Sun, 7 Jul 2013 10:50:26 +0100")

John Keeping <> writes:

>> I wondered if we should explain the significance of "last" a bit
>> more (like "this results in the value from the most specific
>> configuration file to be used, the ones in $GIT_DIR/config
>> overriding what is in $HOME/.gitconfig"), but I do not have a strong
>> opinion either way.  Let's queue this for 'maint' for now.
> I don't think that change belongs here.  How about doing something like
> this in the FILES section (the first two hunks are just reordering the
> existing list, only the last hunk changes the content):

Sounds like a good change to me ;-).

> -- >8 --
> diff --git a/Documentation/git-config.txt b/Documentation/git-config.txt
> index fbad05e..99dc497 100644
> --- a/Documentation/git-config.txt
> +++ b/Documentation/git-config.txt
> @@ -206,12 +206,8 @@ FILES
>  If not set explicitly with '--file', there are four files where
>  'git config' will search for configuration options:
> -$GIT_DIR/config::
> -	Repository specific configuration file.
> -
> -~/.gitconfig::
> -	User-specific configuration file. Also called "global"
> -	configuration file.
> +$(prefix)/etc/gitconfig::
> +	System-wide configuration file.
>  $XDG_CONFIG_HOME/git/config::
>  	Second user-specific configuration file. If $XDG_CONFIG_HOME is not set
> @@ -221,8 +217,12 @@ $XDG_CONFIG_HOME/git/config::
>  	you sometimes use older versions of Git, as support for this
>  	file was added fairly recently.
> -$(prefix)/etc/gitconfig::
> -	System-wide configuration file.
> +~/.gitconfig::
> +	User-specific configuration file. Also called "global"
> +	configuration file.
> +
> +$GIT_DIR/config::
> +	Repository specific configuration file.
>  If no further options are given, all reading options will read all of these
>  files that are available. If the global or the system-wide configuration
> @@ -230,6 +230,10 @@ file are not available they will be ignored. If the repository configuration
>  file is not available or readable, 'git config' will exit with a non-zero
>  error code. However, in neither case will an error message be issued.
> +The files are read in the order given above, with last value found taking
> +precedence over values read earlier.  When multiple values are taken then all
> +values of a key from all files will be used.
> +
>  All writing options will per default write to the repository specific
>  configuration file. Note that this also affects options like '--replace-all'
>  and '--unset'. *'git config' will only ever change one file at a time*.

  reply	other threads:[~2013-07-07 17:31 UTC|newest]

Thread overview: 7+ messages / expand[flat|nested]  mbox.gz  Atom feed  top
2013-07-03 18:27 John Keeping
2013-07-03 18:32 ` Jeff King
2013-07-03 18:47 ` Junio C Hamano
2013-07-07  9:50   ` John Keeping
2013-07-07 17:31     ` Junio C Hamano [this message]
2013-07-07 19:49       ` [PATCH] git-config(1): clarify precedence of " John Keeping
2013-07-07 19:55         ` Jeff King

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