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A few git help extras

cookrdan profile image Dan ・1 min read

On the command line git help is very useful if you need a quick reference. But if you have ever tried using it, there's a lot of information.

Use the -h option for quick, simple reference

Try appending the -h option on commands to print out a simplified reference. Like this:

git checkout -h

Use git help all by itself

Type in git help in the command line and you get a list of common Git commands with a quick description.

Use git help -g for Guides

Some may not know that these guides exist within git help:

〉 git help -g

The common Git guides are:
   attributes          Defining attributes per path
   cli                 Git command-line interface and conventions
   core-tutorial       A Git core tutorial for developers
   cvs-migration       Git for CVS users
   diffcore            Tweaking diff output
   everyday            A useful minimum set of commands for Everyday Git
   glossary            A Git Glossary
   hooks               Hooks used by Git
   ignore              Specifies intentionally untracked files to ignore
   modules             Defining submodule properties
   namespaces          Git namespaces
   repository-layout   Git Repository Layout
   revisions           Specifying revisions and ranges for Git
   tutorial            A tutorial introduction to Git
   tutorial-2          A tutorial introduction to Git: part two
   workflows           An overview of recommended workflows with Git

'git help -a' and 'git help -g' list available subcommands and some
concept guides. See 'git help <command>' or 'git help <concept>'
to read about a specific subcommand or concept.

For example, try:

git help glossary

Have a great day!

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