Re: git diff <-> diffstat

From: Linus Torvalds
Date: Sun Sep 24 2006 - 22:59:11 EST

On Mon, 25 Sep 2006, Adrian Bunk wrote:
> Ah, OK. The truncates are something I wasn't used from diffstat
> (diffstat always prints the complete name).

Yeah, I don't know what the right solution is.

Especially with renames (but even without), diffstat-like output can get
some _really_ long lines, and since I think it's important to get the
actual _stat_ part to line up (so that you can really see where the big
changes are), I felt it was more important to get that lining up than it
was to see the first part of the filename.

But yeah, we should probably have a flag to allow longer (and shorter)
lines, and another to control whether we truncate to strictly honor that
flag or not.

That said, I think the current behaviour is likely at least the right
default one. It's quite readable once you get used to it, and the renames
do _not_ get truncated in the "summary" part at the end, since then there
is nothing to line up with.

So for an example of this, just do

git show --summary --stat -M 06a36db1

where you have an already fairly long pathname that is then renamed to
_another_ long pathname.

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