On 08/08/2019 22:28, Emily Shaffer wrote:
On Thu, Aug 8, 2019 at 2:20 PM Bryan Turner <btur...@atlassian.com> wrote:
On Thu, Aug 8, 2019 at 2:08 PM <jim.cro...@gmail.com> wrote:

jimc@frodo:~/prj-1/capnproto.git$ git branch -l
* master

I find the splat in the response unhelpful
when wrapped in shell for loop, the splat expands into everything in
current directory

jimc@frodo:~/prj-1/capnproto.git$ for b in `git branch -l`; do echo $b; done

it would be nice if some flag combo would suppress that splat.
save me from fugly brittle sh $IFS fiddlery and incomplete workarounds
Have you tried "git for-each-ref --format="%(refname:short)"
refs/heads/"? That's going to provide short names for branches without
any indicator for the default branch, and without any special
More generally, I think you should take a look at `git help git` and
check out the difference between "porcelain" and "plumbing" commands.
The former, of which `git branch` is one, are intended for interactive
use and not really meant for scripting or piping. You can usually come
up with an equivalent from the plumbing commands, which Bryan has
suggested for you with `git for-each-ref`.  Git project tries very
hard to maintain output format of the plumbing commands so as to not
break folks' scripts, but such promises aren't usually made for
porcelain commands.

I think this (the broad Q&A) also suggests that the porcelain command documentation could be more helpful for pointing to the appropriate plumbing commands for these scripting issues (and it could reduce list noise..).

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