From: "Thomas Ackermann" <>

command output has changed for some commands in the last years,
so reflect this also in the user-manual. While doing so, fix some
spelling, formatting and wording issues.

Further, some references and recommendations which nowadays might
only confuse and not help new Git users where removed. Also some
explanations where rephrased to IMHO make them easier to understand
for new users.

Since 1.8.3 we have had the ability to list the main Git Guides using
the 'git help -g' option, unfortunately the User Manual is not in a man
format, so it isn't listed within the help option.

Is it worth adjusting the User Manual formatting such that it could be
displayed as a man page? (which would also require a file name change
from user-manual.txt to git-user-manual.txt). Or create a new man page
helper `git-user-manual.txt` that would provide a follow-me link to the
current user manual?

Back at $gmane/216146 Junio noted that the git(1) man page does contain
onward links to the user manual, but I believe that users should be able
to get to it directly from a git command such as 'git help user-manual'.
Easy access makes it more likely to be read, in the same way that man pages are checked.


The last patch removes a lengthy paragraph which states that "git
(and "git fsck") should only be used in a quiescent repository.  The
man-page for "git prune" tells nothing about this. So either the
removal should be OK or we have to duplicate the warning paragraph
in the man-page of "git prune"?

[PATCH 01/13] Call it "Git User Manual" and remove reference to very
old Git version
[PATCH 02/13] Use current "detached HEAD" message
[PATCH 03/13] Use current output for "git repack"
[PATCH 04/13] Use "git merge" instead of "git pull ."
[PATCH 05/13] Fix some typos
[PATCH 06/13] Simplify "How to make a commit"
[PATCH 07/13] Improve description in "How to merge"
[PATCH 08/13] Improve section "Manipulating branches"
[PATCH 09/13] Improve section "Merge multiple trees"
[PATCH 10/13] Remove unnecessary historical note from "Object storage
[PATCH 11/13] Remove obscure reference from "Examples"
[PATCH 12/13] Remove irrelevant reference from "Tying it all together"
[PATCH 13/13] "git prune" is safe now

Signed-off-by: Thomas Ackermann <>


To unsubscribe from this list: send the line "unsubscribe git" in
the body of a message to
More majordomo info at

Reply via email to