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authorLinus Torvalds <>2006-04-15 18:13:49 (GMT)
committerJunio C Hamano <>2006-04-16 01:17:46 (GMT)
commit1cd95087c331e17c44a8b62f0614d55e621dcfd4 (patch)
parent6f4780f9dfd3bc6b23f9ea66b3d49577e0a0c2f9 (diff)
Support "git cmd --help" syntax
The "--help" argument is special, in that it is (along with "--version") in that is taken by the "git" program itself rather than the sub-command, and thus we've had the syntax "git --help cmd". However, as anybody who has ever used CVS or some similar devil-spawn program, it's confusing as h*ll when options before the sub-command act differently from options after the sub-command, so this quick hack just makes it acceptable to do "git cmd --help" instead, and get the exact same result. It may be hacky, but it's simple and does the trick. Of course, this does not help if you use one of the non-builtin commands without using the "git" helper. Ie you won't be getting a man-page just because you do "git-rev-list --help". Don't expect us to be quite _that_ helpful. Signed-off-by: Linus Torvalds <> Signed-off-by: Junio C Hamano <>
1 files changed, 6 insertions, 0 deletions
diff --git a/git.c b/git.c
index 61265a8..140ed18 100644
--- a/git.c
+++ b/git.c
@@ -413,6 +413,12 @@ static void handle_internal_command(int argc, const char **argv, char **envp)
int i;
+ /* Turn "git cmd --help" into "git help cmd" */
+ if (argc > 1 && !strcmp(argv[1], "--help")) {
+ argv[1] = argv[0];
+ argv[0] = cmd = "help";
+ }
for (i = 0; i < ARRAY_SIZE(commands); i++) {
struct cmd_struct *p = commands+i;
if (strcmp(p->cmd, cmd))