On Fri, Oct 14, 2016 at 08:20:40AM -0500, Robert Dailey wrote:

> Normally when I use interactive add, I just want to add files to the
> index via simple numbers, instead of typing paths. So I'll do this as
> quick as I can:

I'd generally second Matthieu's suggestion to use a combination of "git
add" and "git add -p". But if you really like the interactive updater,
then the optimizations I can think of are:

> 1. Type `git add -i`
> 2. Press `u` after prompt appears
> 3. Press numbers for the files I want to add, ENTER key
> 4. ENTER key again to go back to main add -i menu
> 5. Press `q` to exit interactive add
> 6. Type `git commit`

We have "git add -p" to avoid having to do a similar workflow just to
get to the "p"atch menu. So in theory we could have a similar shortcut
to get to "u"pdate. I think it's just not in common enough use that
anybody really bothered to implement it.

We also have "commit -p" (and "commit -i") already, though I do not use
them myself.

That would probably take you down to:

  1. git commit --iu ;# obviously a terrible option name
  2. Press numbers, then ENTER
  3. 'q' or ENTER or ^D to exit, and jump into commit message

You can also set the interactive.singleKey config option to turn (2)
into just "press numbers" (which works right now).

> This feels very tedious. Is there a simplified workflow for this? I
> remember using a "git index" unofficial extension to git that let you
> do a `git status` that showed numbers next to each item (including
> untracked files!) and you could do `git add 1, 2, 3-5`, etc.

TBH, that extension sounds a lot more generically useful, as it works at
the shell level. I _think_ I've seen similar features implemented that
are not even git specific (i.e., they work off of existing
shell-completion libraries and just let you pick the options by number
rather than tab-completing). Sorry I don't have any links, though. It's
not something I ever used myself.


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