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[git/git.git] / Documentation / config.txt
1 CONFIGURATION FILE
2 ------------------
3
4 The git configuration file contains a number of variables that affect
5 the git command's behavior. `.git/config` file for each repository
6 is used to store the information for that repository, and
7 `$HOME/.gitconfig` is used to store per user information to give
8 fallback values for `.git/config` file. The file `/etc/gitconfig`
9 can be used to store system-wide defaults.
10
11 They can be used by both the git plumbing
12 and the porcelains. The variables are divided into sections, where
13 in the fully qualified variable name the variable itself is the last
14 dot-separated segment and the section name is everything before the last
15 dot. The variable names are case-insensitive and only alphanumeric
16 characters are allowed. Some variables may appear multiple times.
17
18 Syntax
19 ~~~~~~
20
21 The syntax is fairly flexible and permissive; whitespaces are mostly
22 ignored. The '#' and ';' characters begin comments to the end of line,
23 blank lines are ignored.
24
25 The file consists of sections and variables. A section begins with
26 the name of the section in square brackets and continues until the next
27 section begins. Section names are not case sensitive. Only alphanumeric
28 characters, '`-`' and '`.`' are allowed in section names. Each variable
29 must belong to some section, which means that there must be section
30 header before first setting of a variable.
31
32 Sections can be further divided into subsections. To begin a subsection
33 put its name in double quotes, separated by space from the section name,
34 in the section header, like in example below:
35
36 --------
37 [section "subsection"]
38
39 --------
40
41 Subsection names can contain any characters except newline (doublequote
42 '`"`' and backslash have to be escaped as '`\"`' and '`\\`',
43 respectively) and are case sensitive. Section header cannot span multiple
44 lines. Variables may belong directly to a section or to a given subsection.
45 You can have `[section]` if you have `[section "subsection"]`, but you
46 don't need to.
47
48 There is also (case insensitive) alternative `[section.subsection]` syntax.
49 In this syntax subsection names follow the same restrictions as for section
50 name.
51
52 All the other lines are recognized as setting variables, in the form
53 'name = value'. If there is no equal sign on the line, the entire line
54 is taken as 'name' and the variable is recognized as boolean "true".
55 The variable names are case-insensitive and only alphanumeric
56 characters and '`-`' are allowed. There can be more than one value
57 for a given variable; we say then that variable is multivalued.
58
59 Leading and trailing whitespace in a variable value is discarded.
60 Internal whitespace within a variable value is retained verbatim.
61
62 The values following the equals sign in variable assign are all either
63 a string, an integer, or a boolean. Boolean values may be given as yes/no,
64 0/1 or true/false. Case is not significant in boolean values, when
65 converting value to the canonical form using '--bool' type specifier;
66 'git-config' will ensure that the output is "true" or "false".
67
68 String values may be entirely or partially enclosed in double quotes.
69 You need to enclose variable value in double quotes if you want to
70 preserve leading or trailing whitespace, or if variable value contains
71 beginning of comment characters (if it contains '#' or ';').
72 Double quote '`"`' and backslash '`\`' characters in variable value must
73 be escaped: use '`\"`' for '`"`' and '`\\`' for '`\`'.
74
75 The following escape sequences (beside '`\"`' and '`\\`') are recognized:
76 '`\n`' for newline character (NL), '`\t`' for horizontal tabulation (HT, TAB)
77 and '`\b`' for backspace (BS). No other char escape sequence, nor octal
78 char sequences are valid.
79
80 Variable value ending in a '`\`' is continued on the next line in the
81 customary UNIX fashion.
82
83 Some variables may require special value format.
84
85 Example
86 ~~~~~~~
87
88 # Core variables
89 [core]
90 ; Don't trust file modes
91 filemode = false
92
93 # Our diff algorithm
94 [diff]
95 external = /usr/local/bin/diff-wrapper
96 renames = true
97
98 [branch "devel"]
99 remote = origin
100 merge = refs/heads/devel
101
102 # Proxy settings
103 [core]
104 gitProxy="ssh" for "kernel.org"
105 gitProxy=default-proxy ; for the rest
106
107 Variables
108 ~~~~~~~~~
109
110 Note that this list is non-comprehensive and not necessarily complete.
111 For command-specific variables, you will find a more detailed description
112 in the appropriate manual page. You will find a description of non-core
113 porcelain configuration variables in the respective porcelain documentation.
114
115 core.fileMode::
116 If false, the executable bit differences between the index and
117 the working copy are ignored; useful on broken filesystems like FAT.
118 See linkgit:git-update-index[1]. True by default.
119
120 core.trustctime::
121 If false, the ctime differences between the index and the
122 working copy are ignored; useful when the inode change time
123 is regularly modified by something outside Git (file system
124 crawlers and some backup systems).
125 See linkgit:git-update-index[1]. True by default.
126
127 core.quotepath::
128 The commands that output paths (e.g. 'ls-files',
129 'diff'), when not given the `-z` option, will quote
130 "unusual" characters in the pathname by enclosing the
131 pathname in a double-quote pair and with backslashes the
132 same way strings in C source code are quoted. If this
133 variable is set to false, the bytes higher than 0x80 are
134 not quoted but output as verbatim. Note that double
135 quote, backslash and control characters are always
136 quoted without `-z` regardless of the setting of this
137 variable.
138
139 core.autocrlf::
140 If true, makes git convert `CRLF` at the end of lines in text files to
141 `LF` when reading from the filesystem, and convert in reverse when
142 writing to the filesystem. The variable can be set to
143 'input', in which case the conversion happens only while
144 reading from the filesystem but files are written out with
145 `LF` at the end of lines. Currently, which paths to consider
146 "text" (i.e. be subjected to the autocrlf mechanism) is
147 decided purely based on the contents.
148
149 core.safecrlf::
150 If true, makes git check if converting `CRLF` as controlled by
151 `core.autocrlf` is reversible. Git will verify if a command
152 modifies a file in the work tree either directly or indirectly.
153 For example, committing a file followed by checking out the
154 same file should yield the original file in the work tree. If
155 this is not the case for the current setting of
156 `core.autocrlf`, git will reject the file. The variable can
157 be set to "warn", in which case git will only warn about an
158 irreversible conversion but continue the operation.
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160 CRLF conversion bears a slight chance of corrupting data.
161 autocrlf=true will convert CRLF to LF during commit and LF to
162 CRLF during checkout. A file that contains a mixture of LF and
163 CRLF before the commit cannot be recreated by git. For text
164 files this is the right thing to do: it corrects line endings
165 such that we have only LF line endings in the repository.
166 But for binary files that are accidentally classified as text the
167 conversion can corrupt data.
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169 If you recognize such corruption early you can easily fix it by
170 setting the conversion type explicitly in .gitattributes. Right
171 after committing you still have the original file in your work
172 tree and this file is not yet corrupted. You can explicitly tell
173 git that this file is binary and git will handle the file
174 appropriately.
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176 Unfortunately, the desired effect of cleaning up text files with
177 mixed line endings and the undesired effect of corrupting binary
178 files cannot be distinguished. In both cases CRLFs are removed
179 in an irreversible way. For text files this is the right thing
180 to do because CRLFs are line endings, while for binary files
181 converting CRLFs corrupts data.
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183 Note, this safety check does not mean that a checkout will generate a
184 file identical to the original file for a different setting of
185 `core.autocrlf`, but only for the current one. For example, a text
186 file with `LF` would be accepted with `core.autocrlf=input` and could
187 later be checked out with `core.autocrlf=true`, in which case the
188 resulting file would contain `CRLF`, although the original file
189 contained `LF`. However, in both work trees the line endings would be
190 consistent, that is either all `LF` or all `CRLF`, but never mixed. A
191 file with mixed line endings would be reported by the `core.safecrlf`
192 mechanism.
193
194 core.symlinks::
195 If false, symbolic links are checked out as small plain files that
196 contain the link text. linkgit:git-update-index[1] and
197 linkgit:git-add[1] will not change the recorded type to regular
198 file. Useful on filesystems like FAT that do not support
199 symbolic links. True by default.
200
201 core.gitProxy::
202 A "proxy command" to execute (as 'command host port') instead
203 of establishing direct connection to the remote server when
204 using the git protocol for fetching. If the variable value is
205 in the "COMMAND for DOMAIN" format, the command is applied only
206 on hostnames ending with the specified domain string. This variable
207 may be set multiple times and is matched in the given order;
208 the first match wins.
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210 Can be overridden by the 'GIT_PROXY_COMMAND' environment variable
211 (which always applies universally, without the special "for"
212 handling).
213
214 core.ignoreStat::
215 If true, commands which modify both the working tree and the index
216 will mark the updated paths with the "assume unchanged" bit in the
217 index. These marked files are then assumed to stay unchanged in the
218 working copy, until you mark them otherwise manually - Git will not
219 detect the file changes by lstat() calls. This is useful on systems
220 where those are very slow, such as Microsoft Windows.
221 See linkgit:git-update-index[1].
222 False by default.
223
224 core.preferSymlinkRefs::
225 Instead of the default "symref" format for HEAD
226 and other symbolic reference files, use symbolic links.
227 This is sometimes needed to work with old scripts that
228 expect HEAD to be a symbolic link.
229
230 core.bare::
231 If true this repository is assumed to be 'bare' and has no
232 working directory associated with it. If this is the case a
233 number of commands that require a working directory will be
234 disabled, such as linkgit:git-add[1] or linkgit:git-merge[1].
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236 This setting is automatically guessed by linkgit:git-clone[1] or
237 linkgit:git-init[1] when the repository was created. By default a
238 repository that ends in "/.git" is assumed to be not bare (bare =
239 false), while all other repositories are assumed to be bare (bare
240 = true).
241
242 core.worktree::
243 Set the path to the working tree. The value will not be
244 used in combination with repositories found automatically in
245 a .git directory (i.e. $GIT_DIR is not set).
246 This can be overridden by the GIT_WORK_TREE environment
247 variable and the '--work-tree' command line option. It can be
248 a absolute path or relative path to the directory specified by
249 --git-dir or GIT_DIR.
250 Note: If --git-dir or GIT_DIR are specified but none of
251 --work-tree, GIT_WORK_TREE and core.worktree is specified,
252 the current working directory is regarded as the top directory
253 of your working tree.
254
255 core.logAllRefUpdates::
256 Enable the reflog. Updates to a ref <ref> is logged to the file
257 "$GIT_DIR/logs/<ref>", by appending the new and old
258 SHA1, the date/time and the reason of the update, but
259 only when the file exists. If this configuration
260 variable is set to true, missing "$GIT_DIR/logs/<ref>"
261 file is automatically created for branch heads.
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263 This information can be used to determine what commit
264 was the tip of a branch "2 days ago".
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266 This value is true by default in a repository that has
267 a working directory associated with it, and false by
268 default in a bare repository.
269
270 core.repositoryFormatVersion::
271 Internal variable identifying the repository format and layout
272 version.
273
274 core.sharedRepository::
275 When 'group' (or 'true'), the repository is made shareable between
276 several users in a group (making sure all the files and objects are
277 group-writable). When 'all' (or 'world' or 'everybody'), the
278 repository will be readable by all users, additionally to being
279 group-shareable. When 'umask' (or 'false'), git will use permissions
280 reported by umask(2). When '0xxx', where '0xxx' is an octal number,
281 files in the repository will have this mode value. '0xxx' will override
282 user's umask value, and thus, users with a safe umask (0077) can use
283 this option. Examples: '0660' is equivalent to 'group'. '0640' is a
284 repository that is group-readable but not group-writable.
285 See linkgit:git-init[1]. False by default.
286
287 core.warnAmbiguousRefs::
288 If true, git will warn you if the ref name you passed it is ambiguous
289 and might match multiple refs in the .git/refs/ tree. True by default.
290
291 core.compression::
292 An integer -1..9, indicating a default compression level.
293 -1 is the zlib default. 0 means no compression,
294 and 1..9 are various speed/size tradeoffs, 9 being slowest.
295 If set, this provides a default to other compression variables,
296 such as 'core.loosecompression' and 'pack.compression'.
297
298 core.loosecompression::
299 An integer -1..9, indicating the compression level for objects that
300 are not in a pack file. -1 is the zlib default. 0 means no
301 compression, and 1..9 are various speed/size tradeoffs, 9 being
302 slowest. If not set, defaults to core.compression. If that is
303 not set, defaults to 1 (best speed).
304
305 core.packedGitWindowSize::
306 Number of bytes of a pack file to map into memory in a
307 single mapping operation. Larger window sizes may allow
308 your system to process a smaller number of large pack files
309 more quickly. Smaller window sizes will negatively affect
310 performance due to increased calls to the operating system's
311 memory manager, but may improve performance when accessing
312 a large number of large pack files.
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314 Default is 1 MiB if NO_MMAP was set at compile time, otherwise 32
315 MiB on 32 bit platforms and 1 GiB on 64 bit platforms. This should
316 be reasonable for all users/operating systems. You probably do
317 not need to adjust this value.
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319 Common unit suffixes of 'k', 'm', or 'g' are supported.
320
321 core.packedGitLimit::
322 Maximum number of bytes to map simultaneously into memory
323 from pack files. If Git needs to access more than this many
324 bytes at once to complete an operation it will unmap existing
325 regions to reclaim virtual address space within the process.
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327 Default is 256 MiB on 32 bit platforms and 8 GiB on 64 bit platforms.
328 This should be reasonable for all users/operating systems, except on
329 the largest projects. You probably do not need to adjust this value.
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331 Common unit suffixes of 'k', 'm', or 'g' are supported.
332
333 core.deltaBaseCacheLimit::
334 Maximum number of bytes to reserve for caching base objects
335 that multiple deltafied objects reference. By storing the
336 entire decompressed base objects in a cache Git is able
337 to avoid unpacking and decompressing frequently used base
338 objects multiple times.
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340 Default is 16 MiB on all platforms. This should be reasonable
341 for all users/operating systems, except on the largest projects.
342 You probably do not need to adjust this value.
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344 Common unit suffixes of 'k', 'm', or 'g' are supported.
345
346 core.excludesfile::
347 In addition to '.gitignore' (per-directory) and
348 '.git/info/exclude', git looks into this file for patterns
349 of files which are not meant to be tracked. See
350 linkgit:gitignore[5].
351
352 core.editor::
353 Commands such as `commit` and `tag` that lets you edit
354 messages by launching an editor uses the value of this
355 variable when it is set, and the environment variable
356 `GIT_EDITOR` is not set. The order of preference is
357 `GIT_EDITOR` environment, `core.editor`, `VISUAL` and
358 `EDITOR` environment variables and then finally `vi`.
359
360 core.pager::
361 The command that git will use to paginate output. Can
362 be overridden with the `GIT_PAGER` environment
363 variable. Note that git sets the `LESS` environment
364 variable to `FRSX` if it is unset when it runs the
365 pager. One can change these settings by setting the
366 `LESS` variable to some other value. Alternately,
367 these settings can be overridden on a project or
368 global basis by setting the `core.pager` option.
369 Setting `core.pager` has no affect on the `LESS`
370 environment variable behaviour above, so if you want
371 to override git's default settings this way, you need
372 to be explicit. For example, to disable the S option
373 in a backward compatible manner, set `core.pager`
374 to "`less -+$LESS -FRX`". This will be passed to the
375 shell by git, which will translate the final command to
376 "`LESS=FRSX less -+FRSX -FRX`".
377
378 core.whitespace::
379 A comma separated list of common whitespace problems to
380 notice. 'git-diff' will use `color.diff.whitespace` to
381 highlight them, and 'git-apply --whitespace=error' will
382 consider them as errors. You can prefix `-` to disable
383 any of them (e.g. `-trailing-space`):
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385 * `blank-at-eol` treats trailing whitespaces at the end of the line
386 as an error (enabled by default).
387 * `space-before-tab` treats a space character that appears immediately
388 before a tab character in the initial indent part of the line as an
389 error (enabled by default).
390 * `indent-with-non-tab` treats a line that is indented with 8 or more
391 space characters as an error (not enabled by default).
392 * `blank-at-eof` treats blank lines added at the end of file as an error
393 (enabled by default).
394 * `trailing-space` is a short-hand to cover both `blank-at-eol` and
395 `blank-at-eof`.
396 * `cr-at-eol` treats a carriage-return at the end of line as
397 part of the line terminator, i.e. with it, `trailing-space`
398 does not trigger if the character before such a carriage-return
399 is not a whitespace (not enabled by default).
400
401 core.fsyncobjectfiles::
402 This boolean will enable 'fsync()' when writing object files.
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404 This is a total waste of time and effort on a filesystem that orders
405 data writes properly, but can be useful for filesystems that do not use
406 journalling (traditional UNIX filesystems) or that only journal metadata
407 and not file contents (OS X's HFS+, or Linux ext3 with "data=writeback").
408
409 alias.*::
410 Command aliases for the linkgit:git[1] command wrapper - e.g.
411 after defining "alias.last = cat-file commit HEAD", the invocation
412 "git last" is equivalent to "git cat-file commit HEAD". To avoid
413 confusion and troubles with script usage, aliases that
414 hide existing git commands are ignored. Arguments are split by
415 spaces, the usual shell quoting and escaping is supported.
416 quote pair and a backslash can be used to quote them.
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418 If the alias expansion is prefixed with an exclamation point,
419 it will be treated as a shell command. For example, defining
420 "alias.new = !gitk --all --not ORIG_HEAD", the invocation
421 "git new" is equivalent to running the shell command
422 "gitk --all --not ORIG_HEAD".
423
424 apply.whitespace::
425 Tells 'git-apply' how to handle whitespaces, in the same way
426 as the '--whitespace' option. See linkgit:git-apply[1].
427
428 branch.autosetupmerge::
429 Tells 'git-branch' and 'git-checkout' to setup new branches
430 so that linkgit:git-pull[1] will appropriately merge from the
431 starting point branch. Note that even if this option is not set,
432 this behavior can be chosen per-branch using the `--track`
433 and `--no-track` options. The valid settings are: `false` -- no
434 automatic setup is done; `true` -- automatic setup is done when the
435 starting point is a remote branch; `always` -- automatic setup is
436 done when the starting point is either a local branch or remote
437 branch. This option defaults to true.
438
439 branch.autosetuprebase::
440 When a new branch is created with 'git-branch' or 'git-checkout'
441 that tracks another branch, this variable tells git to set
442 up pull to rebase instead of merge (see "branch.<name>.rebase").
443 When `never`, rebase is never automatically set to true.
444 When `local`, rebase is set to true for tracked branches of
445 other local branches.
446 When `remote`, rebase is set to true for tracked branches of
447 remote branches.
448 When `always`, rebase will be set to true for all tracking
449 branches.
450 See "branch.autosetupmerge" for details on how to set up a
451 branch to track another branch.
452 This option defaults to never.
453
454 branch.<name>.remote::
455 When in branch <name>, it tells 'git-fetch' which remote to fetch.
456 If this option is not given, 'git-fetch' defaults to remote "origin".
457
458 branch.<name>.merge::
459 When in branch <name>, it tells 'git-fetch' the default
460 refspec to be marked for merging in FETCH_HEAD. The value is
461 handled like the remote part of a refspec, and must match a
462 ref which is fetched from the remote given by
463 "branch.<name>.remote".
464 The merge information is used by 'git-pull' (which at first calls
465 'git-fetch') to lookup the default branch for merging. Without
466 this option, 'git-pull' defaults to merge the first refspec fetched.
467 Specify multiple values to get an octopus merge.
468 If you wish to setup 'git-pull' so that it merges into <name> from
469 another branch in the local repository, you can point
470 branch.<name>.merge to the desired branch, and use the special setting
471 `.` (a period) for branch.<name>.remote.
472
473 branch.<name>.mergeoptions::
474 Sets default options for merging into branch <name>. The syntax and
475 supported options are equal to that of linkgit:git-merge[1], but
476 option values containing whitespace characters are currently not
477 supported.
478
479 branch.<name>.rebase::
480 When true, rebase the branch <name> on top of the fetched branch,
481 instead of merging the default branch from the default remote when
482 "git pull" is run.
483 *NOTE*: this is a possibly dangerous operation; do *not* use
484 it unless you understand the implications (see linkgit:git-rebase[1]
485 for details).
486
487 browser.<tool>.cmd::
488 Specify the command to invoke the specified browser. The
489 specified command is evaluated in shell with the URLs passed
490 as arguments. (See linkgit:git-web--browse[1].)
491
492 browser.<tool>.path::
493 Override the path for the given tool that may be used to
494 browse HTML help (see '-w' option in linkgit:git-help[1]) or a
495 working repository in gitweb (see linkgit:git-instaweb[1]).
496
497 clean.requireForce::
498 A boolean to make git-clean do nothing unless given -f
499 or -n. Defaults to true.
500
501 color.branch::
502 A boolean to enable/disable color in the output of
503 linkgit:git-branch[1]. May be set to `always`,
504 `false` (or `never`) or `auto` (or `true`), in which case colors are used
505 only when the output is to a terminal. Defaults to false.
506
507 color.branch.<slot>::
508 Use customized color for branch coloration. `<slot>` is one of
509 `current` (the current branch), `local` (a local branch),
510 `remote` (a tracking branch in refs/remotes/), `plain` (other
511 refs).
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513 The value for these configuration variables is a list of colors (at most
514 two) and attributes (at most one), separated by spaces. The colors
515 accepted are `normal`, `black`, `red`, `green`, `yellow`, `blue`,
516 `magenta`, `cyan` and `white`; the attributes are `bold`, `dim`, `ul`,
517 `blink` and `reverse`. The first color given is the foreground; the
518 second is the background. The position of the attribute, if any,
519 doesn't matter.
520
521 color.diff::
522 When set to `always`, always use colors in patch.
523 When false (or `never`), never. When set to `true` or `auto`, use
524 colors only when the output is to the terminal. Defaults to false.
525
526 color.diff.<slot>::
527 Use customized color for diff colorization. `<slot>` specifies
528 which part of the patch to use the specified color, and is one
529 of `plain` (context text), `meta` (metainformation), `frag`
530 (hunk header), `old` (removed lines), `new` (added lines),
531 `commit` (commit headers), or `whitespace` (highlighting
532 whitespace errors). The values of these variables may be specified as
533 in color.branch.<slot>.
534
535 color.interactive::
536 When set to `always`, always use colors for interactive prompts
537 and displays (such as those used by "git-add --interactive").
538 When false (or `never`), never. When set to `true` or `auto`, use
539 colors only when the output is to the terminal. Defaults to false.
540
541 color.interactive.<slot>::
542 Use customized color for 'git-add --interactive'
543 output. `<slot>` may be `prompt`, `header`, or `help`, for
544 three distinct types of normal output from interactive
545 programs. The values of these variables may be specified as
546 in color.branch.<slot>.
547
548 color.pager::
549 A boolean to enable/disable colored output when the pager is in
550 use (default is true).
551
552 color.status::
553 A boolean to enable/disable color in the output of
554 linkgit:git-status[1]. May be set to `always`,
555 `false` (or `never`) or `auto` (or `true`), in which case colors are used
556 only when the output is to a terminal. Defaults to false.
557
558 color.status.<slot>::
559 Use customized color for status colorization. `<slot>` is
560 one of `header` (the header text of the status message),
561 `added` or `updated` (files which are added but not committed),
562 `changed` (files which are changed but not added in the index),
563 `untracked` (files which are not tracked by git), or
564 `nobranch` (the color the 'no branch' warning is shown in, defaulting
565 to red). The values of these variables may be specified as in
566 color.branch.<slot>.
567
568 color.ui::
569 When set to `always`, always use colors in all git commands which
570 are capable of colored output. When false (or `never`), never. When
571 set to `true` or `auto`, use colors only when the output is to the
572 terminal. When more specific variables of color.* are set, they always
573 take precedence over this setting. Defaults to false.
574
575 commit.template::
576 Specify a file to use as the template for new commit messages.
577
578 diff.autorefreshindex::
579 When using 'git-diff' to compare with work tree
580 files, do not consider stat-only change as changed.
581 Instead, silently run `git update-index --refresh` to
582 update the cached stat information for paths whose
583 contents in the work tree match the contents in the
584 index. This option defaults to true. Note that this
585 affects only 'git-diff' Porcelain, and not lower level
586 'diff' commands, such as 'git-diff-files'.
587
588 diff.external::
589 If this config variable is set, diff generation is not
590 performed using the internal diff machinery, but using the
591 given command. Can be overridden with the `GIT_EXTERNAL_DIFF'
592 environment variable. The command is called with parameters
593 as described under "git Diffs" in linkgit:git[1]. Note: if
594 you want to use an external diff program only on a subset of
595 your files, you might want to use linkgit:gitattributes[5] instead.
596
597 diff.renameLimit::
598 The number of files to consider when performing the copy/rename
599 detection; equivalent to the 'git-diff' option '-l'.
600
601 diff.renames::
602 Tells git to detect renames. If set to any boolean value, it
603 will enable basic rename detection. If set to "copies" or
604 "copy", it will detect copies, as well.
605
606 fetch.unpackLimit::
607 If the number of objects fetched over the git native
608 transfer is below this
609 limit, then the objects will be unpacked into loose object
610 files. However if the number of received objects equals or
611 exceeds this limit then the received pack will be stored as
612 a pack, after adding any missing delta bases. Storing the
613 pack from a push can make the push operation complete faster,
614 especially on slow filesystems. If not set, the value of
615 `transfer.unpackLimit` is used instead.
616
617 format.numbered::
618 A boolean which can enable sequence numbers in patch subjects.
619 Setting this option to "auto" will enable it only if there is
620 more than one patch. See --numbered option in
621 linkgit:git-format-patch[1].
622
623 format.headers::
624 Additional email headers to include in a patch to be submitted
625 by mail. See linkgit:git-format-patch[1].
626
627 format.suffix::
628 The default for format-patch is to output files with the suffix
629 `.patch`. Use this variable to change that suffix (make sure to
630 include the dot if you want it).
631
632 format.pretty::
633 The default pretty format for log/show/whatchanged command,
634 See linkgit:git-log[1], linkgit:git-show[1],
635 linkgit:git-whatchanged[1].
636
637 gc.aggressiveWindow::
638 The window size parameter used in the delta compression
639 algorithm used by 'git-gc --aggressive'. This defaults
640 to 10.
641
642 gc.auto::
643 When there are approximately more than this many loose
644 objects in the repository, `git gc --auto` will pack them.
645 Some Porcelain commands use this command to perform a
646 light-weight garbage collection from time to time. The
647 default value is 6700. Setting this to 0 disables it.
648
649 gc.autopacklimit::
650 When there are more than this many packs that are not
651 marked with `*.keep` file in the repository, `git gc
652 --auto` consolidates them into one larger pack. The
653 default value is 50. Setting this to 0 disables it.
654
655 gc.packrefs::
656 'git-gc' does not run `git pack-refs` in a bare repository by
657 default so that older dumb-transport clients can still fetch
658 from the repository. Setting this to `true` lets 'git-gc'
659 to run `git pack-refs`. Setting this to `false` tells
660 'git-gc' never to run `git pack-refs`. The default setting is
661 `notbare`. Enable it only when you know you do not have to
662 support such clients. The default setting will change to `true`
663 at some stage, and setting this to `false` will continue to
664 prevent `git pack-refs` from being run from 'git-gc'.
665
666 gc.pruneexpire::
667 When 'git-gc' is run, it will call 'prune --expire 2.weeks.ago'.
668 Override the grace period with this config variable.
669
670 gc.reflogexpire::
671 'git-reflog expire' removes reflog entries older than
672 this time; defaults to 90 days.
673
674 gc.reflogexpireunreachable::
675 'git-reflog expire' removes reflog entries older than
676 this time and are not reachable from the current tip;
677 defaults to 30 days.
678
679 gc.rerereresolved::
680 Records of conflicted merge you resolved earlier are
681 kept for this many days when 'git-rerere gc' is run.
682 The default is 60 days. See linkgit:git-rerere[1].
683
684 gc.rerereunresolved::
685 Records of conflicted merge you have not resolved are
686 kept for this many days when 'git-rerere gc' is run.
687 The default is 15 days. See linkgit:git-rerere[1].
688
689 gitcvs.enabled::
690 Whether the CVS server interface is enabled for this repository.
691 See linkgit:git-cvsserver[1].
692
693 gitcvs.logfile::
694 Path to a log file where the CVS server interface well... logs
695 various stuff. See linkgit:git-cvsserver[1].
696
697 gitcvs.usecrlfattr::
698 If true, the server will look up the `crlf` attribute for
699 files to determine the '-k' modes to use. If `crlf` is set,
700 the '-k' mode will be left blank, so cvs clients will
701 treat it as text. If `crlf` is explicitly unset, the file
702 will be set with '-kb' mode, which suppresses any newline munging
703 the client might otherwise do. If `crlf` is not specified,
704 then 'gitcvs.allbinary' is used. See linkgit:gitattributes[5].
705
706 gitcvs.allbinary::
707 This is used if 'gitcvs.usecrlfattr' does not resolve
708 the correct '-kb' mode to use. If true, all
709 unresolved files are sent to the client in
710 mode '-kb'. This causes the client to treat them
711 as binary files, which suppresses any newline munging it
712 otherwise might do. Alternatively, if it is set to "guess",
713 then the contents of the file are examined to decide if
714 it is binary, similar to 'core.autocrlf'.
715
716 gitcvs.dbname::
717 Database used by git-cvsserver to cache revision information
718 derived from the git repository. The exact meaning depends on the
719 used database driver, for SQLite (which is the default driver) this
720 is a filename. Supports variable substitution (see
721 linkgit:git-cvsserver[1] for details). May not contain semicolons (`;`).
722 Default: '%Ggitcvs.%m.sqlite'
723
724 gitcvs.dbdriver::
725 Used Perl DBI driver. You can specify any available driver
726 for this here, but it might not work. git-cvsserver is tested
727 with 'DBD::SQLite', reported to work with 'DBD::Pg', and
728 reported *not* to work with 'DBD::mysql'. Experimental feature.
729 May not contain double colons (`:`). Default: 'SQLite'.
730 See linkgit:git-cvsserver[1].
731
732 gitcvs.dbuser, gitcvs.dbpass::
733 Database user and password. Only useful if setting 'gitcvs.dbdriver',
734 since SQLite has no concept of database users and/or passwords.
735 'gitcvs.dbuser' supports variable substitution (see
736 linkgit:git-cvsserver[1] for details).
737
738 gitcvs.dbTableNamePrefix::
739 Database table name prefix. Prepended to the names of any
740 database tables used, allowing a single database to be used
741 for several repositories. Supports variable substitution (see
742 linkgit:git-cvsserver[1] for details). Any non-alphabetic
743 characters will be replaced with underscores.
744
745 All gitcvs variables except for 'gitcvs.usecrlfattr' and
746 'gitcvs.allbinary' can also be specified as
747 'gitcvs.<access_method>.<varname>' (where 'access_method'
748 is one of "ext" and "pserver") to make them apply only for the given
749 access method.
750
751 gui.commitmsgwidth::
752 Defines how wide the commit message window is in the
753 linkgit:git-gui[1]. "75" is the default.
754
755 gui.diffcontext::
756 Specifies how many context lines should be used in calls to diff
757 made by the linkgit:git-gui[1]. The default is "5".
758
759 gui.matchtrackingbranch::
760 Determines if new branches created with linkgit:git-gui[1] should
761 default to tracking remote branches with matching names or
762 not. Default: "false".
763
764 gui.newbranchtemplate::
765 Is used as suggested name when creating new branches using the
766 linkgit:git-gui[1].
767
768 gui.pruneduringfetch::
769 "true" if linkgit:git-gui[1] should prune tracking branches when
770 performing a fetch. The default value is "false".
771
772 gui.trustmtime::
773 Determines if linkgit:git-gui[1] should trust the file modification
774 timestamp or not. By default the timestamps are not trusted.
775
776 gui.spellingdictionary::
777 Specifies the dictionary used for spell checking commit messages in
778 the linkgit:git-gui[1]. When set to "none" spell checking is turned
779 off.
780
781 help.browser::
782 Specify the browser that will be used to display help in the
783 'web' format. See linkgit:git-help[1].
784
785 help.format::
786 Override the default help format used by linkgit:git-help[1].
787 Values 'man', 'info', 'web' and 'html' are supported. 'man' is
788 the default. 'web' and 'html' are the same.
789
790 http.proxy::
791 Override the HTTP proxy, normally configured using the 'http_proxy'
792 environment variable (see linkgit:curl[1]). This can be overridden
793 on a per-remote basis; see remote.<name>.proxy
794
795 http.sslVerify::
796 Whether to verify the SSL certificate when fetching or pushing
797 over HTTPS. Can be overridden by the 'GIT_SSL_NO_VERIFY' environment
798 variable.
799
800 http.sslCert::
801 File containing the SSL certificate when fetching or pushing
802 over HTTPS. Can be overridden by the 'GIT_SSL_CERT' environment
803 variable.
804
805 http.sslKey::
806 File containing the SSL private key when fetching or pushing
807 over HTTPS. Can be overridden by the 'GIT_SSL_KEY' environment
808 variable.
809
810 http.sslCAInfo::
811 File containing the certificates to verify the peer with when
812 fetching or pushing over HTTPS. Can be overridden by the
813 'GIT_SSL_CAINFO' environment variable.
814
815 http.sslCAPath::
816 Path containing files with the CA certificates to verify the peer
817 with when fetching or pushing over HTTPS. Can be overridden
818 by the 'GIT_SSL_CAPATH' environment variable.
819
820 http.maxRequests::
821 How many HTTP requests to launch in parallel. Can be overridden
822 by the 'GIT_HTTP_MAX_REQUESTS' environment variable. Default is 5.
823
824 http.lowSpeedLimit, http.lowSpeedTime::
825 If the HTTP transfer speed is less than 'http.lowSpeedLimit'
826 for longer than 'http.lowSpeedTime' seconds, the transfer is aborted.
827 Can be overridden by the 'GIT_HTTP_LOW_SPEED_LIMIT' and
828 'GIT_HTTP_LOW_SPEED_TIME' environment variables.
829
830 http.noEPSV::
831 A boolean which disables using of EPSV ftp command by curl.
832 This can helpful with some "poor" ftp servers which don't
833 support EPSV mode. Can be overridden by the 'GIT_CURL_FTP_NO_EPSV'
834 environment variable. Default is false (curl will use EPSV).
835
836 i18n.commitEncoding::
837 Character encoding the commit messages are stored in; git itself
838 does not care per se, but this information is necessary e.g. when
839 importing commits from emails or in the gitk graphical history
840 browser (and possibly at other places in the future or in other
841 porcelains). See e.g. linkgit:git-mailinfo[1]. Defaults to 'utf-8'.
842
843 i18n.logOutputEncoding::
844 Character encoding the commit messages are converted to when
845 running 'git-log' and friends.
846
847 imap::
848 The configuration variables in the 'imap' section are described
849 in linkgit:git-imap-send[1].
850
851 instaweb.browser::
852 Specify the program that will be used to browse your working
853 repository in gitweb. See linkgit:git-instaweb[1].
854
855 instaweb.httpd::
856 The HTTP daemon command-line to start gitweb on your working
857 repository. See linkgit:git-instaweb[1].
858
859 instaweb.local::
860 If true the web server started by linkgit:git-instaweb[1] will
861 be bound to the local IP (127.0.0.1).
862
863 instaweb.modulepath::
864 The module path for an apache httpd used by linkgit:git-instaweb[1].
865
866 instaweb.port::
867 The port number to bind the gitweb httpd to. See
868 linkgit:git-instaweb[1].
869
870 log.date::
871 Set default date-time mode for the log command. Setting log.date
872 value is similar to using 'git-log'\'s --date option. The value is one of the
873 following alternatives: {relative,local,default,iso,rfc,short}.
874 See linkgit:git-log[1].
875
876 log.showroot::
877 If true, the initial commit will be shown as a big creation event.
878 This is equivalent to a diff against an empty tree.
879 Tools like linkgit:git-log[1] or linkgit:git-whatchanged[1], which
880 normally hide the root commit will now show it. True by default.
881
882 man.viewer::
883 Specify the programs that may be used to display help in the
884 'man' format. See linkgit:git-help[1].
885
886 man.<tool>.cmd::
887 Specify the command to invoke the specified man viewer. The
888 specified command is evaluated in shell with the man page
889 passed as argument. (See linkgit:git-help[1].)
890
891 man.<tool>.path::
892 Override the path for the given tool that may be used to
893 display help in the 'man' format. See linkgit:git-help[1].
894
895 include::merge-config.txt[]
896
897 mergetool.<tool>.path::
898 Override the path for the given tool. This is useful in case
899 your tool is not in the PATH.
900
901 mergetool.<tool>.cmd::
902 Specify the command to invoke the specified merge tool. The
903 specified command is evaluated in shell with the following
904 variables available: 'BASE' is the name of a temporary file
905 containing the common base of the files to be merged, if available;
906 'LOCAL' is the name of a temporary file containing the contents of
907 the file on the current branch; 'REMOTE' is the name of a temporary
908 file containing the contents of the file from the branch being
909 merged; 'MERGED' contains the name of the file to which the merge
910 tool should write the results of a successful merge.
911
912 mergetool.<tool>.trustExitCode::
913 For a custom merge command, specify whether the exit code of
914 the merge command can be used to determine whether the merge was
915 successful. If this is not set to true then the merge target file
916 timestamp is checked and the merge assumed to have been successful
917 if the file has been updated, otherwise the user is prompted to
918 indicate the success of the merge.
919
920 mergetool.keepBackup::
921 After performing a merge, the original file with conflict markers
922 can be saved as a file with a `.orig` extension. If this variable
923 is set to `false` then this file is not preserved. Defaults to
924 `true` (i.e. keep the backup files).
925
926 pack.window::
927 The size of the window used by linkgit:git-pack-objects[1] when no
928 window size is given on the command line. Defaults to 10.
929
930 pack.depth::
931 The maximum delta depth used by linkgit:git-pack-objects[1] when no
932 maximum depth is given on the command line. Defaults to 50.
933
934 pack.windowMemory::
935 The window memory size limit used by linkgit:git-pack-objects[1]
936 when no limit is given on the command line. The value can be
937 suffixed with "k", "m", or "g". Defaults to 0, meaning no
938 limit.
939
940 pack.compression::
941 An integer -1..9, indicating the compression level for objects
942 in a pack file. -1 is the zlib default. 0 means no
943 compression, and 1..9 are various speed/size tradeoffs, 9 being
944 slowest. If not set, defaults to core.compression. If that is
945 not set, defaults to -1, the zlib default, which is "a default
946 compromise between speed and compression (currently equivalent
947 to level 6)."
948
949 pack.deltaCacheSize::
950 The maximum memory in bytes used for caching deltas in
951 linkgit:git-pack-objects[1].
952 A value of 0 means no limit. Defaults to 0.
953
954 pack.deltaCacheLimit::
955 The maximum size of a delta, that is cached in
956 linkgit:git-pack-objects[1]. Defaults to 1000.
957
958 pack.threads::
959 Specifies the number of threads to spawn when searching for best
960 delta matches. This requires that linkgit:git-pack-objects[1]
961 be compiled with pthreads otherwise this option is ignored with a
962 warning. This is meant to reduce packing time on multiprocessor
963 machines. The required amount of memory for the delta search window
964 is however multiplied by the number of threads.
965 Specifying 0 will cause git to auto-detect the number of CPU's
966 and set the number of threads accordingly.
967
968 pack.indexVersion::
969 Specify the default pack index version. Valid values are 1 for
970 legacy pack index used by Git versions prior to 1.5.2, and 2 for
971 the new pack index with capabilities for packs larger than 4 GB
972 as well as proper protection against the repacking of corrupted
973 packs. Version 2 is the default. Note that version 2 is enforced
974 and this config option ignored whenever the corresponding pack is
975 larger than 2 GB.
976 +
977 If you have an old git that does not understand the version 2 `{asterisk}.idx` file,
978 cloning or fetching over a non native protocol (e.g. "http" and "rsync")
979 that will copy both `{asterisk}.pack` file and corresponding `{asterisk}.idx` file from the
980 other side may give you a repository that cannot be accessed with your
981 older version of git. If the `{asterisk}.pack` file is smaller than 2 GB, however,
982 you can use linkgit:git-index-pack[1] on the *.pack file to regenerate
983 the `{asterisk}.idx` file.
984
985 pack.packSizeLimit::
986 The default maximum size of a pack. This setting only affects
987 packing to a file, i.e. the git:// protocol is unaffected. It
988 can be overridden by the `\--max-pack-size` option of
989 linkgit:git-repack[1].
990
991 pager.<cmd>::
992 Allows turning on or off pagination of the output of a
993 particular git subcommand when writing to a tty. If
994 `\--paginate` or `\--no-pager` is specified on the command line,
995 it takes precedence over this option. To disable pagination for
996 all commands, set `core.pager` or 'GIT_PAGER' to "`cat`".
997
998 pull.octopus::
999 The default merge strategy to use when pulling multiple branches
1000 at once.
1001
1002 pull.twohead::
1003 The default merge strategy to use when pulling a single branch.
1004
1005 receive.fsckObjects::
1006 If it is set to true, git-receive-pack will check all received
1007 objects. It will abort in the case of a malformed object or a
1008 broken link. The result of an abort are only dangling objects.
1009 Defaults to false.
1010
1011 receive.unpackLimit::
1012 If the number of objects received in a push is below this
1013 limit then the objects will be unpacked into loose object
1014 files. However if the number of received objects equals or
1015 exceeds this limit then the received pack will be stored as
1016 a pack, after adding any missing delta bases. Storing the
1017 pack from a push can make the push operation complete faster,
1018 especially on slow filesystems. If not set, the value of
1019 `transfer.unpackLimit` is used instead.
1020
1021 receive.denyNonFastForwards::
1022 If set to true, git-receive-pack will deny a ref update which is
1023 not a fast forward. Use this to prevent such an update via a push,
1024 even if that push is forced. This configuration variable is
1025 set when initializing a shared repository.
1026
1027 remote.<name>.url::
1028 The URL of a remote repository. See linkgit:git-fetch[1] or
1029 linkgit:git-push[1].
1030
1031 remote.<name>.proxy::
1032 For remotes that require curl (http, https and ftp), the URL to
1033 the proxy to use for that remote. Set to the empty string to
1034 disable proxying for that remote.
1035
1036 remote.<name>.fetch::
1037 The default set of "refspec" for linkgit:git-fetch[1]. See
1038 linkgit:git-fetch[1].
1039
1040 remote.<name>.push::
1041 The default set of "refspec" for linkgit:git-push[1]. See
1042 linkgit:git-push[1].
1043
1044 remote.<name>.mirror::
1045 If true, pushing to this remote will automatically behave
1046 as if the `\--mirror` option was given on the command line.
1047
1048 remote.<name>.skipDefaultUpdate::
1049 If true, this remote will be skipped by default when updating
1050 using the update subcommand of linkgit:git-remote[1].
1051
1052 remote.<name>.receivepack::
1053 The default program to execute on the remote side when pushing. See
1054 option \--receive-pack of linkgit:git-push[1].
1055
1056 remote.<name>.uploadpack::
1057 The default program to execute on the remote side when fetching. See
1058 option \--upload-pack of linkgit:git-fetch-pack[1].
1059
1060 remote.<name>.tagopt::
1061 Setting this value to \--no-tags disables automatic tag following when
1062 fetching from remote <name>
1063
1064 remotes.<group>::
1065 The list of remotes which are fetched by "git remote update
1066 <group>". See linkgit:git-remote[1].
1067
1068 repack.usedeltabaseoffset::
1069 By default, linkgit:git-repack[1] creates packs that use
1070 delta-base offset. If you need to share your repository with
1071 git older than version 1.4.4, either directly or via a dumb
1072 protocol such as http, then you need to set this option to
1073 "false" and repack. Access from old git versions over the
1074 native protocol are unaffected by this option.
1075
1076 rerere.autoupdate::
1077 When set to true, `git-rerere` updates the index with the
1078 resulting contents after it cleanly resolves conflicts using
1079 previously recorded resolution. Defaults to false.
1080
1081 rerere.enabled::
1082 Activate recording of resolved conflicts, so that identical
1083 conflict hunks can be resolved automatically, should they
1084 be encountered again. linkgit:git-rerere[1] command is by
1085 default enabled if you create `rr-cache` directory under
1086 `$GIT_DIR`, but can be disabled by setting this option to false.
1087
1088 showbranch.default::
1089 The default set of branches for linkgit:git-show-branch[1].
1090 See linkgit:git-show-branch[1].
1091
1092 status.relativePaths::
1093 By default, linkgit:git-status[1] shows paths relative to the
1094 current directory. Setting this variable to `false` shows paths
1095 relative to the repository root (this was the default for git
1096 prior to v1.5.4).
1097
1098 status.showUntrackedFiles::
1099 By default, linkgit:git-status[1] and linkgit:git-commit[1] show
1100 files which are not currently tracked by Git. Directories which
1101 contain only untracked files, are shown with the directory name
1102 only. Showing untracked files means that Git needs to lstat() all
1103 all the files in the whole repository, which might be slow on some
1104 systems. So, this variable controls how the commands displays
1105 the untracked files. Possible values are:
1106 +
1107 --
1108 - 'no' - Show no untracked files
1109 - 'normal' - Shows untracked files and directories
1110 - 'all' - Shows also individual files in untracked directories.
1111 --
1112 +
1113 If this variable is not specified, it defaults to 'normal'.
1114 This variable can be overridden with the -u|--untracked-files option
1115 of linkgit:git-status[1] and linkgit:git-commit[1].
1116
1117 tar.umask::
1118 This variable can be used to restrict the permission bits of
1119 tar archive entries. The default is 0002, which turns off the
1120 world write bit. The special value "user" indicates that the
1121 archiving user's umask will be used instead. See umask(2) and
1122 linkgit:git-archive[1].
1123
1124 transfer.unpackLimit::
1125 When `fetch.unpackLimit` or `receive.unpackLimit` are
1126 not set, the value of this variable is used instead.
1127 The default value is 100.
1128
1129 url.<base>.insteadOf::
1130 Any URL that starts with this value will be rewritten to
1131 start, instead, with <base>. In cases where some site serves a
1132 large number of repositories, and serves them with multiple
1133 access methods, and some users need to use different access
1134 methods, this feature allows people to specify any of the
1135 equivalent URLs and have git automatically rewrite the URL to
1136 the best alternative for the particular user, even for a
1137 never-before-seen repository on the site. When more than one
1138 insteadOf strings match a given URL, the longest match is used.
1139
1140 user.email::
1141 Your email address to be recorded in any newly created commits.
1142 Can be overridden by the 'GIT_AUTHOR_EMAIL', 'GIT_COMMITTER_EMAIL', and
1143 'EMAIL' environment variables. See linkgit:git-commit-tree[1].
1144
1145 user.name::
1146 Your full name to be recorded in any newly created commits.
1147 Can be overridden by the 'GIT_AUTHOR_NAME' and 'GIT_COMMITTER_NAME'
1148 environment variables. See linkgit:git-commit-tree[1].
1149
1150 user.signingkey::
1151 If linkgit:git-tag[1] is not selecting the key you want it to
1152 automatically when creating a signed tag, you can override the
1153 default selection with this variable. This option is passed
1154 unchanged to gpg's --local-user parameter, so you may specify a key
1155 using any method that gpg supports.
1156
1157 web.browser::
1158 Specify a web browser that may be used by some commands.
1159 Currently only linkgit:git-instaweb[1] and linkgit:git-help[1]
1160 may use it.