On Sat, Sep 17, 2016 at 8:39 PM, Fredrik Gustafsson <iv...@iveqy.com> wrote:
> On Sat, Sep 17, 2016 at 01:47:52PM -0400, Andrew Johnson wrote:
>> $ git help <verb>
>> $ git <verb> --help
>> $ man git-<verb>
>> I tested all three to confirm they were equivalent.

Maybe it will be easier to understand if you try:

$ git help help


$ git help --help


$ man git-help


> While I'm not able to answer your question, I can shred a little light
> about them not being equal. For example using a windows machine
> $ man git <verb>

(It should be "git-<verb>" above.)

> does not work and
> $ git help <verb>
> opens a webbrowser instead of a man page.

Yeah, it is one of the reasons.
There are systems where "man" is not the standard ways to get help,
and text on the command line is not the prefered format for help
So the "git help" command has different default depending on the OS to
better suit user expectations on each OS.
This way people can just be teached to use "git help" and that will do
something sensible everywhere.

> Using a unix system I would
> however assume that
> $ man git <verb>

(Again it should be "git-<verb>" above.)

> would work since it's the standard way of getting help on those systems.

Yeah, so we need that to work to make people happy on unix systems.

Another reason is that "git help" provides more configurability and
more features like its -a and -g options.
It could provide even more in the future, like options to search in
the documentation.

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