Re: [PATCH v5] diff: add config option relative
Junio C Hamano
Laurent Arnoud
brian m. carlson
Đoàn Trần Công Danh
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2020-05-19 00:30:06 UTC
On 2020-05-18 13:37:55-0700, Junio C Hamano <> wrote:
> Đoàn Trần Công Danh  <> writes:
> > We don't document --relative for git-format-patch, the --relative
> > documentation is placed under the guard, for that matter:
> Yup, since it does not make much sense or "diff.relative" for that
> matter in the context of the "format-patch".  In the same sense, -R
> makes little sense, so sane people would not want to read about the
> option in the documentation, I would think.

Sane people wouldn't want to read that document when we don't have the
config for diff.relative

But, now, we have. Let's document --no-relative, specifically for

Perhaps something like this (maybe just fixing up to Laurent's)
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Subject: [PATCH] Documentation: document --no-relative for format-patch
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git-format-patch(1) accepts --relative for a long time, but the
generated patch couldn't be applied without accompanying information.

Hence, we've never document --relative for git-format-patch(1).

Now, we've introduced `diff.relative` config, let's tell Git's users
that they have an option to override it.

Signed-off-by: Đoàn Trần Công Danh <>
 Documentation/diff-options.txt | 5 +++++
 1 file changed, 5 insertions(+)

diff --git a/Documentation/diff-options.txt b/Documentation/diff-options.txt
index 167b451b89..0f5c108324 100644
--- a/Documentation/diff-options.txt
+++ b/Documentation/diff-options.txt
@@ -654,6 +654,11 @@ ifndef::git-format-patch[]
 	`--no-relative` can be used to countermand both `diff.relative` config
 	option and previous `--relative`.
+	Countermand `diff.relative` config. Show all changes in the repository
+	with pathname relative to top-level directory of the repository.