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authorBrandon Casey <>2008-09-18 22:44:33 (GMT)
committerJunio C Hamano <>2008-09-19 03:06:31 (GMT)
commit45d9414fa5599b41578625961b53e18a9b9148c7 (patch)
treef53ec86479f648dfb1aba678fde6f94e89ed1941 /Documentation/gitattributes.txt
parenta013585b20ac757b0e75a72181ffa44674f35235 (diff)
diff.*.xfuncname which uses "extended" regex's for hunk header selection
Currently, the hunk headers produced by 'diff -p' are customizable by setting the diff.*.funcname option in the config file. The 'funcname' option takes a basic regular expression. This functionality was designed using the GNU regex library which, by default, allows using backslashed versions of some extended regular expression operators, even in Basic Regular Expression mode. For example, the following characters, when backslashed, are interpreted according to the extended regular expression rules: ?, +, and |. As such, the builtin funcname patterns were created using some extended regular expression operators. Other platforms which adhere more strictly to the POSIX spec do not interpret the backslashed extended RE operators in Basic Regular Expression mode. This causes the pattern matching for the builtin funcname patterns to fail on those platforms. Introduce a new option 'xfuncname' which uses extended regular expressions, and advertise it _instead_ of funcname. Since most users are on GNU platforms, the majority of funcname patterns are created and tested there. Advertising only xfuncname should help to avoid the creation of non-portable patterns which work with GNU regex but not elsewhere. Additionally, the extended regular expressions may be less ugly and complicated compared to the basic RE since many common special operators do not need to be backslashed. For example, the GNU Basic RE: ^[ ]*\\(\\(public\\|static\\).*\\)$ becomes the following Extended RE: ^[ ]*((public|static).*)$ Signed-off-by: Brandon Casey <> Signed-off-by: Junio C Hamano <>
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diff --git a/Documentation/gitattributes.txt b/Documentation/gitattributes.txt
index 94e6752..9259637 100644
--- a/Documentation/gitattributes.txt
+++ b/Documentation/gitattributes.txt
@@ -288,13 +288,13 @@ for paths.
*.tex diff=tex
-Then, you would define "diff.tex.funcname" configuration to
+Then, you would define "diff.tex.xfuncname" configuration to
specify a regular expression that matches a line that you would
want to appear as the hunk header, like this:
[diff "tex"]
- funcname = "^\\(\\\\\\(sub\\)*section{.*\\)$"
+ xfuncname = "^(\\\\(sub)*section\\{.*)$"
Note. A single level of backslashes are eaten by the