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From: Jonathan Nieder <>
To: Kevin Daudt <>
Cc: Junio C Hamano <>,
	Arnaud Bertrand <>,
Subject: Re: Mismatch meaning between git-diff and git-log for the .. (double dot notation) and ... (triple dot notation)
Date: Mon, 23 Dec 2019 13:59:28 -0800
Message-ID: <> (raw)
In-Reply-To: <20191223182939.GB676947@alpha>

Kevin Daudt wrote:
> On Mon, Dec 23, 2019 at 10:02:31AM -0800, Junio C Hamano wrote:

>> Please unlearn dot-dot and three-dots when using "git diff", which
>> is not about ranges but about comparing two endpoints.  If we were
>> reinventing Git today from scratch, we would make "git diff A..B" an
>> error.  You can consider it a bug that the command accepts a range
>> notation, but this will not change any time soon without a large
>> fight to find and fix uses of the syntax in scripts by longtime Git
>> users have written over the years.
> I agree that you should not use `A..B`, but what is wrong with
> `A...B`? The alternative is a lot more verbose.
> git diff $(git merge-base A B) B

Commands like "git checkout" have been learning a `...` shorthand
which is not much better as far as intuitiveness goes:

	# doesn't work, just here for demonstration
	git diff A...B B

With hindsight, "git diff A..B" would be the perfect spelling for
this, but that would break too many people's muscle memories and
scripts.  Would it make sense to have a commandline option for this?

	# doesn't work, just here for demonstration
	git diff --fork-point A B

A random thought,

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Thread overview: 5+ messages / expand[flat|nested]  mbox.gz  Atom feed  top
2019-12-23 12:51 Arnaud Bertrand
2019-12-23 18:02 ` Junio C Hamano
2019-12-23 18:29   ` Kevin Daudt
2019-12-23 21:59     ` Jonathan Nieder [this message]
2019-12-23 22:10     ` Junio C Hamano

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