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+GIT v1.6.1 Release Notes
+========================
+
+Updates since v1.6.0
+--------------------
+
+When some commands (e.g. "git log", "git diff") spawn pager internally, we
+used to make the pager the parent process of the git command that produces
+output. This meant that the exit status of the whole thing comes from the
+pager, not the underlying git command. We swapped the order of the
+processes around and you will see the exit code from the command from now
+on.
+
+(subsystems)
+
+* gitk can call out to git-gui to view "git blame" output; git-gui in turn
+ can run gitk from its blame view.
+
+* Various git-gui updates including updated translations.
+
+* Various gitweb updates from repo.or.cz installation.
+
+* Updates to emacs bindings.
+
+(portability)
+
+* A few test scripts used nonportable "grep" that did not work well on
+ some platforms, e.g. Solaris.
+
+* Sample pre-auto-gc script has OS X support.
+
+* Makefile has support for (ancient) FreeBSD 4.9.
+
+(performance)
+
+* Many operations that are lstat(3) heavy can be told to pre-execute
+ necessary lstat(3) in parallel before their main operations, which
+ potentially gives much improved performance for cold-cache cases or in
+ environments with weak metadata caching (e.g. NFS).
+
+* The underlying diff machinery to produce textual output has been
+ optimized, which would result in faster "git blame" processing.
+
+* Most of the test scripts (but not the ones that try to run servers)
+ can be run in parallel.
+
+* Bash completion of refnames in a repository with massive number of
+ refs has been optimized.
+
+* Cygwin port uses native stat/lstat implementations when applicable,
+ which leads to improved performance.
+
+* "git push" pays attention to alternate repositories to avoid sending
+ unnecessary objects.
+
+* "git svn" can rebuild an out-of-date rev_map file.
+
+(usability, bells and whistles)
+
+* When you mistype a command name, git helpfully suggests what it guesses
+ you might have meant to say. help.autocorrect configuration can be set
+ to a non-zero value to accept the suggestion when git can uniquely
+ guess.
+
+* The packfile machinery hopefully is more robust when dealing with
+ corrupt packs if redundant objects involved in the corruption are
+ available elsewhere.
+
+* "git add -N path..." adds the named paths as an empty blob, so that
+ subsequent "git diff" will show a diff as if they are creation events.
+
+* "git add" gained a built-in synonym for people who want to say "stage
+ changes" instead of "add contents to the staging area" which amounts
+ to the same thing.
+
+* "git apply" learned --include=paths option, similar to the existing
+ --exclude=paths option.
+
+* "git bisect" is careful about a user mistake and suggests testing of
+ merge base first when good is not a strict ancestor of bad.
+
+* "git bisect skip" can take a range of commits.
+
+* "git blame" re-encodes the commit metainfo to UTF-8 from i18n.commitEncoding
+ by default.
+
+* "git check-attr --stdin" can check attributes for multiple paths.
+
+* "git checkout --track origin/hack" used to be a syntax error. It now
+ DWIMs to create a corresponding local branch "hack", i.e. acts as if you
+ said "git checkout --track -b hack origin/hack".
+
+* "git checkout --ours/--theirs" can be used to check out one side of a
+ conflicting merge during conflict resolution.
+
+* "git checkout -m" can be used to recreate the initial conflicted state
+ during conflict resolution.
+
+* "git cherry-pick" can also utilize rerere for conflict resolution.
+
+* "git clone" learned to be verbose with -v
+
+* "git commit --author=$name" can look up author name from existing
+ commits.
+
+* output from "git commit" has been reworded in a more concise and yet
+ more informative way.
+
+* "git count-objects" reports the on-disk footprint for packfiles and
+ their corresponding idx files.
+
+* "git daemon" learned --max-connections=<count> option.
+
+* "git daemon" exports REMOTE_ADDR to record client address, so that
+ spawned programs can act differently on it.
+
+* "git describe --tags" favours closer lightweight tags than farther
+ annotated tags now.
+
+* "git diff" learned to mimic --suppress-blank-empty from GNU diff via a
+ configuration option.
+
+* "git diff" learned to put more sensible hunk headers for Python,
+ HTML and ObjC contents.
+
+* "git diff" learned to vary the a/ vs b/ prefix depending on what are
+ being compared, controlled by diff.mnemonicprefix configuration.
+
+* "git diff" learned --dirstat-by-file to count changed files, not number
+ of lines, when summarizing the global picture.
+
+* "git diff" learned "textconv" filters --- a binary or hard-to-read
+ contents can be munged into human readable form and the difference
+ between the results of the conversion can be viewed (obviously this
+ cannot produce a patch that can be applied, so this is disabled in
+ format-patch among other things).
+
+* "--cached" option to "git diff has an easier to remember synonym "--staged",
+ to ask "what is the difference between the given commit and the
+ contents staged in the index?"
+
+* "git for-each-ref" learned "refname:short" token that gives an
+ unambiguously abbreviated refname.
+
+* Auto-numbering of the subject lines is the default for "git
+ format-patch" now.
+
+* "git grep" learned to accept -z similar to GNU grep.
+
+* "git help" learned to use GIT_MAN_VIEWER environment variable before
+ using "man" program.
+
+* "git imap-send" can optionally talk SSL.
+
+* "git index-pack" is more careful against disk corruption while
+ completing a thin pack.
+
+* "git log --check" and "git log --exit-code" passes their underlying diff
+ status with their exit status code.
+
+* "git log" learned --simplify-merges, a milder variant of --full-history;
+ "gitk --simplify-merges" is easier to view than with --full-history.
+
+* "git log" learned "--source" to show what ref each commit was reached
+ from.
+
+* "git log" also learned "--simplify-by-decoration" to show the
+ birds-eye-view of the topology of the history.
+
+* "git log --pretty=format:" learned "%d" format element that inserts
+ names of tags that point at the commit.
+
+* "git merge --squash" and "git merge --no-ff" into an unborn branch are
+ noticed as user errors.
+
+* "git merge -s $strategy" can use a custom built strategy if you have a
+ command "git-merge-$strategy" on your $PATH.
+
+* "git pull" (and "git fetch") can be told to operate "-v"erbosely or
+ "-q"uietly.
+
+* "git push" can be told to reject deletion of refs with receive.denyDeletes
+ configuration.
+
+* "git rebase" honours pre-rebase hook; use --no-verify to bypass it.
+
+* "git rebase -p" uses interactive rebase machinery now to preserve the merges.
+
+* "git reflog expire branch" can be used in place of "git reflog expire
+ refs/heads/branch".
+
+* "git remote show $remote" lists remote branches one-per-line now.
+
+* "git send-email" can be given revision range instead of files and
+ maildirs on the command line, and automatically runs format-patch to
+ generate patches for the given revision range.
+
+* "git submodule foreach" subcommand allows you to iterate over checked
+ out submodules.
+
+* "git submodule sync" subcommands allows you to update the origin URL
+ recorded in submodule directories from the toplevel .gitmodules file.
+
+* "git svn branch" can create new branches on the other end.
+
+* "gitweb" can use more saner PATH_INFO based URL.
+
+(internal)
+
+* "git hash-object" learned to lie about the path being hashed, so that
+ correct gitattributes processing can be done while hashing contents
+ stored in a temporary file.
+
+* various callers of git-merge-recursive avoid forking it as an external
+ process.
+
+* Git class defined in "Git.pm" can be subclasses a bit more easily.
+
+* We used to link GNU regex library as a compatibility layer for some
+ platforms, but it turns out it is not necessary on most of them.
+
+* Some path handling routines used fixed number of buffers used alternately
+ but depending on the call depth, this arrangement led to hard to track
+ bugs. This issue is being addressed.
+
+
+Fixes since v1.6.0
+------------------
+
+All of the fixes in v1.6.0.X maintenance series are included in this
+release, unless otherwise noted.
+
+* Porcelains implemented as shell scripts were utterly confused when you
+ entered to a subdirectory of a work tree from sideways, following a
+ symbolic link (this may need to be backported to older releases later).
+
+* Tracking symbolic links would work better on filesystems whose lstat()
+ returns incorrect st_size value for them.
+
+* "git add" and "git update-index" incorrectly allowed adding S/F when S
+ is a tracked symlink that points at a directory D that has a path F in
+ it (we still need to fix a similar nonsense when S is a submodule and F
+ is a path in it).
+
+* "git am" after stopping at a broken patch lost --whitespace, -C, -p and
+ --3way options given from the command line initially.
+
+* "git diff --stdin" used to take two trees on a line and compared them,
+ but we dropped support for such a use case long time ago. This has
+ been resurrected.
+
+* "git filter-branch" failed to rewrite a tag name with slashes in it.
+
+* "git http-push" did not understand URI scheme other than opaquelocktoken
+ when acquiring a lock from the server (this may need to be backported to
+ older releases later).
+
+* After "git rebase -p" stopped with conflicts while replaying a merge,
+ "git rebase --continue" did not work (may need to be backported to older
+ releases).
+
+* "git revert" records relative to which parent a revert was made when
+ reverting a merge. Together with new documentation that explains issues
+ around reverting a merge and merging from the updated branch later, this
+ hopefully will reduce user confusion (this may need to be backported to
+ older releases later).
+
+* "git rm --cached" used to allow an empty blob that was added earlier to
+ be removed without --force, even when the file in the work tree has
+ since been modified.
+
+* "git push --tags --all $there" failed with generic usage message without
+ telling saying these two options are incompatible.
+
+* "git log --author/--committer" match used to potentially match the
+ timestamp part, exposing internal implementation detail. Also these did
+ not work with --fixed-strings match at all.
+
+* "gitweb" did not mark non-ASCII characters imported from external HTML fragments
+ correctly.
+
+--
+exec >/var/tmp/1
+O=v1.6.1-rc3-74-gf66bc5f
+echo O=$(git describe master)
+git shortlog --no-merges $O..master ^maint