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authorJunio C Hamano <>2006-01-20 23:00:12 (GMT)
committerJunio C Hamano <>2006-01-22 03:34:11 (GMT)
commit5b2bcc7b2d546c636f79490655b3347acc91d17f (patch)
treee804c0964d6fe495f903eff1cd0acf3bebbf4e91 /Documentation
parent0bdd79af62e8621359af08f0afca0ce977348ac7 (diff)
git-grep: clarification on parameters.
We forgot to make sure that there is no more than one pattern parameter. Also when looking for files in a directory called '--others', it passed that path limiter without preceding the end-of-options marker '--' to underlying git-ls-files, which misunderstood it as one of its options instead. $ git grep --others -e Meta/Make Meta $ git grep -o -e Meta/Make Meta $ git grep -o Meta/Make Meta look for a string "Meta/Make" from untracked files in Meta/ directory. $ git grep Meta/Make --others looks for the same string from tracked files in ./--others directory. On the other hand, $ git grep -e Meta/Make --others does not have a freestanding pattern, so everybody is parameter and there is no path specifier. It looks for the string in all the untracked files without any path limiter. [jc: updated with usability enhancements and documentation cleanups from Sean.] Signed-off-by: Junio C Hamano <>
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diff --git a/Documentation/git-grep.txt b/Documentation/git-grep.txt
index 2bfd8ed..bf4b592 100644
--- a/Documentation/git-grep.txt
+++ b/Documentation/git-grep.txt
@@ -8,7 +8,7 @@ git-grep - print lines matching a pattern
-'git-grep' [<option>...] <pattern> [<path>...]
+'git-grep' [<option>...] [-e] <pattern> [--] [<path>...]
@@ -18,13 +18,24 @@ containing a match to the given pattern.
+ Signals the end of options; the rest of the parameters
+ are <path> limiters.
Either an option to pass to `grep` or `git-ls-files`.
- Some `grep` options, such as `-C` and `-m`, that take
- parameters are known to `git-grep`.
+ The following are the specific `git-ls-files` options
+ that may be given: `-o`, `--cached`, `--deleted`, `--others`,
+ `--killed`, `--ignored`, `--modified`, `--exclude=*`,
+ `--exclude-from=*`, and `--exclude-per-directory=*`.
+ All other options will be passed to `grep`.
- The pattern to look for.
+ The pattern to look for. The first non option is taken
+ as the pattern; if your pattern begins with a dash, use
+ `-e <pattern>`.
Optional paths to limit the set of files to be searched;