path: root/Documentation/git-diff.txt
diff options
authorJohannes Schindelin <>2007-02-22 20:50:10 (GMT)
committerJunio C Hamano <>2007-02-23 04:59:55 (GMT)
commitd516c2d11945cf13ed3d961fa63817c60b7a566b (patch)
tree7d9aa00054be3a60e6ababc94aa0ccaa573b768f /Documentation/git-diff.txt
parentf5a92647694f18fb3544060a1a964ac082d072b2 (diff)
Teach git-diff-files the new option `--no-index`
With this flag and given two paths, git-diff-files behaves as a GNU diff lookalike (plus the git goodies like --check, colour, etc.). This flag is also available in git-diff. It also works outside of a git repository. In addition, if git-diff{,-files} is called without revision or stage parameter, and with exactly two paths at least one of which is not tracked, the default is --no-index. So, you can now say git diff /etc/inittab /etc/fstab and it actually works! This also unifies the duplicated argument parsing between cmd_diff_files() and builtin_diff_files(). Signed-off-by: Johannes Schindelin <> Signed-off-by: Junio C Hamano <>
Diffstat (limited to 'Documentation/git-diff.txt')
1 files changed, 4 insertions, 0 deletions
diff --git a/Documentation/git-diff.txt b/Documentation/git-diff.txt
index 6a098df..12a531d 100644
--- a/Documentation/git-diff.txt
+++ b/Documentation/git-diff.txt
@@ -23,6 +23,10 @@ tree and the index file, or the index file and the working tree.
further add to the index but you still haven't. You can
stage these changes by using gitlink:git-add[1].
+ If exactly two paths are given, and at least one is untracked,
+ compare the two files / directories. This behavior can be
+ forced by --no-index.
'git-diff' [--options] --cached [<commit>] [--] [<path>...]::
This form is to view the changes you staged for the next