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Re: log -S/-G (aka pickaxe) searches binary files by default

On Thu, Mar 02, 2017 at 05:36:17PM -0800, Junio C Hamano wrote:

> On Thu, Mar 2, 2017 at 4:52 PM, Thomas Braun
> <thomas.braun@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
> >
> > I happen to have quite large binary files in my repos.
> >
> > Today I realized that a line like
> > git log -G a
> > searches also files found to be binary (or explicitly marked as binary).
> >
> > Is that on purpose?
> No, it's a mere oversight (as I do not think I never even thought
> about special casing binary
> files from day one, it is unlikely that you would find _any_ old
> version of Git that behaves
> differently).

The email focuses on "-G", and I think it is wrong to look in binary
files there, as "grep in diff" does not make sense for a binary file
that we would refuse to diff.

But the subject also mentions "-S". I always assumed it was intentional
to look in binary files there, as it is searching for a pure byte
sequence. I would not mind an option to disable that, but I think the
default should remain on.