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authorJunio C Hamano <>2020-02-27 16:10:20 (GMT)
committerJunio C Hamano <>2020-02-27 22:14:01 (GMT)
commit1ff466c018692d0ac7c5f30a449632659e87a73b (patch)
parent4cd1cf31efed9b16db5035c377bfa222f5272458 (diff)
Documentation: clarify that `-h` alone stands for `help`
We seem to be getting new users who get confused every 20 months or so with this "-h consistently wants to give help, but the commands to which `-h` may feel like a good short-form option want it to mean something else." compromise. Let's make sure that the readers know that `git cmd -h` (with no other arguments) is a way to get usage text, even for commands like ls-remote and grep. Also extend the description that is already in gitcli.txt, as it is clear that users still get confused with the current text. Signed-off-by: Junio C Hamano <>
2 files changed, 8 insertions, 1 deletions
diff --git a/Documentation/git-ls-remote.txt b/Documentation/git-ls-remote.txt
index b9fd377..c9e6858 100644
--- a/Documentation/git-ls-remote.txt
+++ b/Documentation/git-ls-remote.txt
@@ -28,7 +28,9 @@ OPTIONS
Limit to only refs/heads and refs/tags, respectively.
These options are _not_ mutually exclusive; when given
both, references stored in refs/heads and refs/tags are
- displayed.
+ displayed. Note that `git ls-remote -h` used without
+ anything else on the command line gives help, consistent
+ with other git subcommands.
Do not show peeled tags or pseudorefs like HEAD in the output.
diff --git a/Documentation/gitcli.txt b/Documentation/gitcli.txt
index 592e06d..06608ea 100644
--- a/Documentation/gitcli.txt
+++ b/Documentation/gitcli.txt
@@ -120,6 +120,11 @@ usage: git describe [<options>] <commit-ish>*
--long always use long format
--abbrev[=<n>] use <n> digits to display SHA-1s
+Note that some subcommand (e.g. `git grep`) may behave differently
+when there are things on the command line other than `-h`, but `git
+subcmd -h` without anything else on the command line is meant to
+consistently give the usage.
Some Git commands take options that are only used for plumbing or that