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authorJunio C Hamano <>2007-12-06 17:15:39 (GMT)
committerJunio C Hamano <>2007-12-06 17:15:39 (GMT)
commitc7860507f0b8974359616d7047f76f1723843156 (patch)
parentc6bc40058565fef3ec79840bf5e13ba0962cb3e4 (diff)
git-status documentation: mention subdirectory behaviour
Consistently with all other diff oriented commands, we have given paths relative to the work tree root in git-status output for a long time. This documents the recent behaviour change, as people's eyes (and worse yet, scripts, although scripts should not parse "git status" output) may depend on the old behaviour. In the longer run, giving a --full-name option to git-diff Porcelain similar to what ls-files has, and change the default for git-diff Porcelain to show relative paths may be a good thing to do, in order to hide the oddballness of this git-status behaviour, but that would have a rather large impact to established expectation by existing users. Signed-off-by: Junio C Hamano <>
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diff --git a/Documentation/git-status.txt b/Documentation/git-status.txt
index 8fd0fc6..b0cb6bc 100644
--- a/Documentation/git-status.txt
+++ b/Documentation/git-status.txt
@@ -40,6 +40,10 @@ OUTPUT
The output from this command is designed to be used as a commit
template comments, and all the output lines are prefixed with '#'.
+The paths mentioned in the output, unlike many other git commands, are
+made relative to the current directory, if you are working in a
+subdirectory (this is on purpose, to help cutting and pasting).