This gives line-log support to gitk, by exploiting the new support for
processing and showing "inline" diffs straight from the git-log

Note that we 'set allknown 0', which is a bit counterintuitive since
this is a "known" option.  But that flag prevents gitk from thinking
it can optimize the view by running rev-list to see the topology; in
the -L case that doesn't work.

Signed-off-by: Thomas Rast <>
 gitk | 8 ++++++++
 1 file changed, 8 insertions(+)

diff --git a/gitk b/gitk
index 3715136..30474be 100755
--- a/gitk
+++ b/gitk
@@ -235,6 +235,14 @@ proc parseviewargs {n arglist} {
                set filtered 1
                lappend glflags $arg
+           "-L*" {
+               # Line-diff: filtered, and diffs must be read as part
+               # of the log output
+               set filtered 1
+               set vinlinediff($n) 1
+               set allknown 0
+               lappend glflags $arg
+           }
            "-n" {
                # This appears to be the only one that has a value as a
                # separate word following it

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