Ramkumar Ramachandra wrote:
> Jonathan Nieder wrote:
>> Because typing paths does not make my intent perfectly clear.
> I'm not able to understand this. Doesn't your prompt tell you which
> directory you're in, and if you're in a git repository? When you type
> out paths, you know what is inside and what is outside your
> repository. By extension, you know when --no-index is implied and
> when it isn't.
> Can you explain what your problem is?
Are you wondering why I use --no-index or why I think we should
eventually stop moving into --no-index mode by default?
The answers are different. I use --no-index because it means I don't
have to think about whether the files I am comparing are in a Git
repository. It's relaxing. I'm not advocating that you follow suit;
I'm just describing my own usage of the command.
I think git should eventually stop doing --no-index implicitly because
it is a very different mode using the same syntax triggered by
external conditions. That is
* hard to document
* problematic for scripts calling "git diff", can create lurking bugs
* unnecessarily complicated. For example:
* "git diff -h" output depends on whether I am in a git worktree.
* git searches for a .git directory, possibly hitting filesystem
automount points, just to decide whether its arguments are inside
the current repository.
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