From: "Junio C Hamano" <>
Sent: Monday, March 11, 2013 7:02 PM
Matthieu Moy <> writes:

Kevin Bracey <> writes:

Two significant usability flaws here:
- If using man, "man git" to side-step "git help" is obvious. But if
   trying to use help.format=web, how to get the root html page? My
technique was "git help XXX" and click the "git(1) suite" link at the
   bottom. "git help git" is non-obvious and apparently undocumented
   (it's not mentioned by "git", "git help", or "git help help"...).

Can't this be solved by adding something like

  See 'git help git' for general help about Git.

to the output of "git help"? I think the fact that "git help" provides a small amount of output (typically: fits on one screen) is a nice feature
that avoids scaring people too early with the actual doc.

That sounds like a good direction to go in.

My earlier attempt, and Junio's reply

It is tricky making sure that the message covers help for git, help's own help,
the guides, and the commands, all in one compact usage line, while also
covering the -h and --help options (which may not be known to new Git
users on Windows, though probably obvious to Linux/Unix users).

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