Git 1.7.1.rc0

A release candidate Git 1.7.1.rc0 is available at the usual places
for testing:
git-1.7.1.rc0.tar.{gz,bz2}                    (source tarball)
git-htmldocs-1.7.1.rc0.tar.{gz,bz2}           (preformatted docs)
git-manpages-1.7.1.rc0.tar.{gz,bz2}           (preformatted docs)

The RPM binary packages for a few architectures are found in:

testing/git-*-1.7.1.rc0-1.fc11.$arch.rpm      (RPM)
Git v1.7.1 Release Notes (draft)

Updates since v1.7.0
  • Eric Raymond is the maintainer of updated CIAbot scripts, in contrib/.

  • Some commands (e.g. svn and http interfaces) that interactively ask
    password can be told to use an external program given via GIT_ASKPASS.

  • Conflict markers that lead the common ancestor in diff3-style output
    now has a label, which hopefully would help third-party tools that
    expect one.

  • Comes with an updated bash-completion script.

  • “git am” learned “–keep-cr” option to handle inputs that are
    mixture of changes to files with and without CRLF line endings.

  • “git cvsimport” learned -R option to leave revision mapping between
    CVS revisions and resulting git commits.

  • “git diff –submodule” notices and descries dirty submodules.

  • “git for-each-ref” learned %(symref), %(symref:short) and %(flag)

  • “git hash-object –stdin-paths” can take “–no-filters” option now.

  • “git init” can be told to look at init.templatedir configuration
    variable (obviously that has to come from either /etc/gitconfig or

  • “git grep” learned “–no-index” option, to search inside contents that
    are not managed by git.

  • “git grep” learned –color=auto/always/never.

  • “git grep” learned to paint filename and line-number in colors.

  • “git log -p –first-parent -m” shows one-parent diff for merge
    commits, instead of showing combined diff.

  • “git merge-file” learned to use custom conflict marker size and also use
    the “union merge” behaviour.

  • “git notes” command has been rewritten in C and learned quite a
    many commands and features to help you carry notes forward across
    rebases and amends.

  • “git request-pull” identifies the commit the request is relative to in
    a more readable way.

  • “git reset” learned “–keep” option that lets you discard commits
    near the tip while preserving your local changes in a way similar
    to how “git checkout branch” does.

  • “git status” notices and descries dirty submodules.

  • “git svn” should work better when interacting with repositories
    with CRLF line endings.

  • “git imap-send” learned to support CRAM-MD5 authentication.

Fixes since v1.7.0

All of the fixes in v1.7.0.X maintenance series are included in this
release, unless otherwise noted.

  • “git add frotz/nitfol” did not complain when the entire frotz/ directory
    was ignored.

  • “git rev-list –pretty=oneline” didn’t terminate a record with LF for
    commits without any message.

  • “git rev-list –abbrev-commit” defaulted to 40-byte abbreviations, unlike
    newer tools in the git toolset.


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