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Re: What happened to "git status --color=(always|auto|never)"?




Jeff King <peff@xxxxxxxx> writes:

> On Tue, Oct 10, 2017 at 12:03:14PM -0700, Jonathan Nieder wrote:
>
>> Where I worry is about commands where the line between porcelain and
>> plumbing blur, like "git log --format=raw".  I actually still prefer
>> the approach where "color.ui=always" becomes impossible to express in
>> config and each command takes a --color option.
>> 
>> If we want to be extra fancy, we could make git take a --color option
>> instead of requiring each command to do it.
>> 
>> To support existing scripts, we could treat "-c color.ui=always" as a
>> historical synonym for --color=always, either temporarily or
>> indefinitely.  Making it clear that this is only there for historical
>> reasons would make it less likely that other options make the same
>> mistake in the future.
>
> So that's basically my (2), with the twist that we claim it's only
> horrible and inconsistent for historical reasons. :)
>
> Is that the direction we want to go?

Your (2), and Jonathan's "git --color=..."  as an extension to it,
is probably the least risky approach forward, as you said earlier.
And I think that it would get us closest to the ideal world (in
which color=always did not exist in the configuration system), while
breaking least number of various "questionable" scripts in the wild.