Re: "git branch" issue in 2.16.1
- Date: Tue, 06 Feb 2018 15:02:25 -0500
- From: Paul Smith <paul@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
- Subject: Re: "git branch" issue in 2.16.1
On Tue, 2018-02-06 at 11:49 -0800, Jason Racey wrote:
> After upgrading git from 2.16.0 to 2.16.1 (via Homebrew - I’m on
> macOS) I noticed that the “git branch” command appears to display the
> branch listing in something similar to a vi editor - though not quite
> the same. I don’t know the technical term for this state. You can’t
> actually edit the output of the command, but you’re in a state where
> you have to type “q” to exit and then the list disappears. It’s very
> inconvenient and it doesn’t seem like it was by design. I’m using zsh
> in iTerm2 if that helps. Thanks.
I think you mean that you're in the pager (less(1), most likely).
Many/most Git commands that can generate a large amount of output (git
log, git diff, git show, etc.) will automatically send the output to a
pager so you can scroll through it easily.
The man page for git branch says:
pager.branch is only respected when listing branches, i.e., when --list
is used or implied. The default is to use a pager. See git-config(1).
So, if you never want to use the pager for git branch output you can
configure the pager.branch option to set it always off.
Or you can use "git branch | cat" so that stdout is not a terminal :).