The Git CodingGuidelines prefer the $(...) construct for command
substitution instead of using the backquotes `...`.

The backquoted form is the traditional method for command
substitution, and is supported by POSIX.  However, all but the
simplest uses become complicated quickly.  In particular, embedded
command substitutions and/or the use of double quotes require
careful escaping with the backslash character.

The patch was generated by:

for _f in $(find . -name "*.sh")
   sed -i 's@`\(.*\)`@$(\1)@g' ${_f}

and then carefully proof-read.

Signed-off-by: Elia Pinto <>
 contrib/examples/ |    2 +-
 1 file changed, 1 insertion(+), 1 deletion(-)

diff --git a/contrib/examples/ b/contrib/examples/
index 8f98142..48d0fc9 100755
--- a/contrib/examples/
+++ b/contrib/examples/
@@ -75,7 +75,7 @@ case "$common" in
                GIT_INDEX_FILE=$G git read-tree -m $c $head $merge \
                        2>/dev/null || continue
                # Count the paths that are unmerged.
-               cnt=`GIT_INDEX_FILE=$G git ls-files --unmerged | wc -l`
+               cnt=$(GIT_INDEX_FILE=$G git ls-files --unmerged | wc -l)
                if test $best_cnt -le 0 -o $cnt -le $best_cnt

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