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Re: is there a stylistic preference for a trailing "--" on a command?




On Fri, Nov 10, 2017 at 5:57 AM, Robert P. J. Day <rpjday@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
>
>   just noticed these examples in "man git-bisect":
>
> EXAMPLES
>   $ git bisect start HEAD v1.2 --      # HEAD is bad, v1.2 is good
>   ...
>   $ git bisect start HEAD origin --    # HEAD is bad, origin is good
>   ...
>   $ git bisect start HEAD HEAD~10 --   # culprit is among the last 10
>
> is there some rationale or stylistic significance to those trailing
> "--" on those commands? i assume they have no effect, just curious as
> to why they're there.

By having the -- there, it is clear that the strings are ref specs and not files
of such a name. (Who would want to store a file named HEAD~10 in their
repo?)