Most distributions don't require Term::ReadKey as dependency, leaving
the user to wonder why the setting doesn't work.

Signed-off-by: Simon Ruderich <>

On Mon, Mar 03, 2014 at 10:58:58AM -0800, Junio C Hamano wrote:
> Thanks, but is it true that interactive.singlekey "requries"
> Term::ReadKey?

Yes, it requires it. The code also works fine without
Term::ReadKey, but the feature "singlekey" requires this module.
I assumed a user enabling this option would also want to use the
feature, therefore "requires" is fine IMHO.

> The implementation of prompt_single_character sub wants to use
> ReadKey, but can still let the user interact with the program by
> falling back to a cooked input when it is not available, so perhaps
> a better fix might be something like this:
>         if (!$use_readkey) {
>               print STDERR "missing Term::ReadKey, disabling 
> interactive.singlekey\n";
>         }
> inside the above if() that prepares $use_readkey?

Good idea. Implemented in an additional patch.

I think the documentation should also be updated (this patch) to
make it clear to a reader of the man page, that an additional
module is required, without having him to try to use the option.

> You also misspelled the package name it seems ;-)

Oops, sorry. Fixed in this reroll.


 Documentation/config.txt | 2 +-
 1 file changed, 1 insertion(+), 1 deletion(-)

diff --git a/Documentation/config.txt b/Documentation/config.txt
index 5f4d793..406a582 100644
--- a/Documentation/config.txt
+++ b/Documentation/config.txt
@@ -1633,7 +1633,7 @@ interactive.singlekey::
        linkgit:git-add[1], linkgit:git-checkout[1], linkgit:git-commit[1],
        linkgit:git-reset[1], and linkgit:git-stash[1]. Note that this
        setting is silently ignored if portable keystroke input
-       is not available.
+       is not available; requires the Perl module Term::ReadKey.
        If true, makes linkgit:git-log[1], linkgit:git-show[1], and

+ privacy is necessary
+ using gnupg
+ public key id: 0x92FEFDB7E44C32F9
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