On Tue, 2014-06-24 at 15:01 -0400, Aidan Feldman wrote:
> Hi all-
> I work on the education team at GitHub and do a fair number of Git
> workshops.  One thing that I've always found difficult to explain to
> newbies is how the staging area works, and why it's useful.  As a
> hand-wave to simplify things, I usually have them use
> git add -A
> git commit -m "..."
> to not really have to worry about untracked vs. modified/removed files
> aren't included with `git commit -a` or `git add .`.  I would like to
> add a `-A` flag to the `commit` command, which effectively does a `git
> add -A` before committing.
> I was trying to submit a patch myself, but couldn't even manage to
> find where the various flags are defined :-)  Does the feature sound
> reasonable?  Mind pointing me in the right direction of where this
> would be added?

Look at builtin/commit.c in the cmd_commit function.  You'll see:
                OPT_BOOL('a', "all", &all, N_("commit all changed files")),
Just add another one, 
                OPT_BOOL('A', "all-untracked", &all_untracked, N_("commit all 
files as well as all non-excluded untracked files")),

That said, I am mildly opposed to this feature because it will
inevitably lead to cruft (and credentials) being checked into
repositories.  It's easier, but it's not simpler.

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