Provide the regular expression that matches the
'git --version' strings.

Scripts in the wild, including 'git gui', check the git version.

Signed-off-by: Philip Oakley <>

Should the string be described by a regular expression?

How to format the regular expression for asciidocs - it doesn't
get made correctly - I'm not sure what special magic incantation
is needed here.

 Documentation/git.txt | 4 ++++
 1 file changed, 4 insertions(+)

diff --git a/Documentation/git.txt b/Documentation/git.txt
index 7efaa59..627e462 100644
--- a/Documentation/git.txt
+++ b/Documentation/git.txt
@@ -365,6 +365,10 @@ OPTIONS
        Prints the Git suite version that the 'git' program came from.
+       The version string is a single line that matches the extended
+       regular expression
+       '^git version [0-9]+\.[0-9]+\.[0-9]+.*'
+       and is less than 80 characters.
        Prints the synopsis and a list of the most commonly used

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