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authorJeff King <>2012-07-18 12:04:02 (GMT)
committerJunio C Hamano <>2012-07-18 20:26:48 (GMT)
commit3e5f29e8963a9a6f1774add194ec19583c19fbb6 (patch)
tree297dbaad3bd3ac2150e968cdef87e1589709bdd9 /Documentation
parent6a9aa0c9b224517db0549d9252fdbc5177e6c0e2 (diff)
docs/credential: minor clarity fixups
The text in git-credential(1) was copied from technical/api-credentials, so it still talks about the input/output format as coming from git to the helper. Since the surrounding text already indicates that this format is used for reading and writing with git credential, we can just remove the extraneous confusing bits. Signed-off-by: Jeff King <> Acked-by: Matthieu Moy <> Signed-off-by: Junio C Hamano <>
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1 files changed, 4 insertions, 6 deletions
diff --git a/Documentation/git-credential.txt b/Documentation/git-credential.txt
index a81684e..afd5365 100644
--- a/Documentation/git-credential.txt
+++ b/Documentation/git-credential.txt
@@ -102,22 +102,20 @@ INPUT/OUTPUT FORMAT
`git credential` reads and/or writes (depending on the action used)
-credential information in its standard input/output. These information
+credential information in its standard input/output. This information
can correspond either to keys for which `git credential` will obtain
the login/password information (e.g. host, protocol, path), or to the
actual credential data to be obtained (login/password).
-The credential is split into a set of named attributes.
-Attributes are provided to the helper, one per line. Each attribute is
+The credential is split into a set of named attributes, with one
+attribute per line. Each attribute is
specified by a key-value pair, separated by an `=` (equals) sign,
followed by a newline. The key may contain any bytes except `=`,
newline, or NUL. The value may contain any bytes except newline or NUL.
In both cases, all bytes are treated as-is (i.e., there is no quoting,
and one cannot transmit a value with newline or NUL in it). The list of
attributes is terminated by a blank line or end-of-file.
-Git will send the following attributes (but may not send all of
-them for a given credential; for example, a `host` attribute makes no
-sense when dealing with a non-network protocol):
+Git understands the following attributes: