Simon Oosthoek <> writes:

> This patch for the documentation doesn't seem to be in rc2 of 1.8.1...

There wasn't any patch, and after sending "something like this" I
forgot about the topic, as usual.

> The current tagged 1.8.1-rc2 doesn't yet have your improvement and after
> trying to explain it, I think it should be improved even more ;-)

I am not sure what "my improvement" you are refering to.  Is it only
about how the usage appears in the comment?

Perhaps like this?  I think the straight-forward one should be
listed as the primary usage, and the confusing one should be an
alternate for advanced users, so 3a/3b have been swapped.

 contrib/completion/ | 16 +++++++++++-----
 1 file changed, 11 insertions(+), 5 deletions(-)

diff --git i/contrib/completion/ w/contrib/completion/
index 00fc099..899eb09 100644
--- i/contrib/completion/
+++ w/contrib/completion/
@@ -10,14 +10,20 @@
 #    1) Copy this file to somewhere (e.g. ~/
 #    2) Add the following line to your .bashrc/.zshrc:
 #        source ~/
-#    3a) In ~/.bashrc set PROMPT_COMMAND=__git_ps1
-#        To customize the prompt, provide start/end arguments
-#        PROMPT_COMMAND='__git_ps1 "\u@\h:\w" "\\\$ "'
-#    3b) Alternatively change your PS1 to call __git_ps1 as
+#    3a) Change your PS1 to call __git_ps1 as
 #        command-substitution:
 #        Bash: PS1='[\u@\h \W$(__git_ps1 " (%s)")]\$ '
 #        ZSH:  PS1='[%n@%m %c$(__git_ps1 " (%s)")]\$ '
-#        the optional argument will be used as format string
+#        the optional argument will be used as format string.
+#    3b) Alternatively, if you are using bash, __git_ps1 can be
+#        used for PROMPT_COMMAND with two parameters, <pre> and
+#        <post>, which are strings you would put in $PS1 before
+#        and after the status string generated by the git-prompt
+#        machinery.  e.g.
+#           PROMPT_COMMAND='__git_ps1 "\u@\h:\w" "\\\$ "'
+#        will show username, at-sign, host, colon, cwd, then
+#        various status string, followed by dollar and SP, as
+#        your prompt.
 # The argument to __git_ps1 will be displayed only if you are currently
 # in a git repository.  The %s token will be the name of the current
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