On Mon, Dec 17, 2012 at 12:35:54PM +0100, Toralf Förster wrote:

> often the output is requested in help forums - and a
> "git config -l | wgetpaste" exposes parameters like sendmail.smtppass -
> so hide those variables in the output (if not explicitly wanted) would
> makes sense, or ?

But if we change "git config -l", won't that break all of the
non-exposing uses that rely on seeing all of the variables (e.g., it is
perfectly fine for a porcelain to parse "git config -l" rather than
making several calls to "git config"; IIRC, git-cola does this).

The problem seems to be that people are giving bad advice to tell people
to post "git config -l" output without looking at. Maybe we could help
them with a "git config --share-config" option that dumps all config,
but sanitizes the output. It would need to have a list of sensitive keys
(which does not exist yet), and would need to not just mark up things
like smtppass, but would also need to pull credential information out of
remote.*.url strings. And maybe more (I haven't thought too long on it).

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