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git help [-a|--all [--[no-]verbose]] [[-i|--info] [-m|--man] [-w|--web]] [<command>|<guide>] git help [-g|--guides] git help [-c|--config]
With no options and no <command> or <guide> given, the synopsis of the git command and a list of the most commonly used Git commands are printed on the standard output.
If the option
-a is given, all available commands are
printed on the standard output.
If the option
-g is given, a list of the
Git concept guides is also printed on the standard output.
If a command, or a guide, is given, a manual page for that command or guide is brought up. The man program is used by default for this purpose, but this can be overridden by other options or configuration variables.
If an alias is given, git shows the definition of the alias on
standard output. To get the manual page for the aliased command, use
git <command> --help.
git --help ... is identical to
git help ... because the
former is internally converted into the latter.
To display the git man page, use
git help git.
This page can be displayed with git help help or
git help --help
Prints all the available commands on the standard output. This option overrides any given command or guide name.
When used with
--allprint description for all recognized commands. This is the default.
List all available configuration variables. This is a short summary of the list in git-config.
Prints a list of the Git concept guides on the standard output.
Display manual page for the command in the info format. The info program will be used for that purpose.
Display manual page for the command in the man format. This option may be used to override a value set in the
By default the man program will be used to display the manual page, but the
man.viewerconfiguration variable may be used to choose other display programs (see below).
Display manual page for the command in the web (HTML) format. A web browser will be used for that purpose.
The web browser can be specified using the configuration variable
web.browserif the former is not set. If none of these config variables is set, the git web--browse helper script (called by git help) will pick a suitable default. See git-web--browse for more information about this.
If no command-line option is passed, the
variable will be checked. The following values are supported for this
variable; they make git help behave as their corresponding command-
"man" corresponds to -m|--man,
"info" corresponds to -i|--info,
"web" or "html" correspond to -w|--web.
browser.<tool>.path will also
be checked if the web format is chosen (either by command-line
option or configuration variable). See -w|--web in the OPTIONS
section above and git-web--browse.
man.viewer configuration variable will be checked if the man
format is chosen. The following values are currently supported:
"man": use the man program as usual,
"woman": use emacsclient to launch the "woman" mode in emacs (this only works starting with emacsclient versions 22),
"konqueror": use kfmclient to open the man page in a new konqueror tab (see Note about konqueror below).
Values for other tools can be used if there is a corresponding
man.<tool>.cmd configuration entry (see below).
Multiple values may be given to the
variable. Their corresponding programs will be tried in the order
listed in the configuration file.
For example, this configuration:
[man] viewer = konqueror viewer = woman
will try to use konqueror first. But this may fail (for example, if DISPLAY is not set) and in that case emacs' woman mode will be tried.
If everything fails, or if no viewer is configured, the viewer specified
GIT_MAN_VIEWER environment variable will be tried. If that
fails too, the man program will be tried anyway.
You can explicitly provide a full path to your preferred man viewer by
setting the configuration variable
man.<tool>.path. For example, you
can configure the absolute path to konqueror by setting
man.konqueror.path. Otherwise, git help assumes the tool is
available in PATH.
When the man viewer, specified by the
variables, is not among the supported ones, then the corresponding
man.<tool>.cmd configuration variable will be looked up. If this
variable exists then the specified tool will be treated as a custom
command and a shell eval will be used to run the command with the man
page passed as arguments.
When konqueror is specified in the
variable, we launch kfmclient to try to open the man page on an
already opened konqueror in a new tab if possible.
For consistency, we also try such a trick if man.konqueror.path is
set to something like
A_PATH_TO/konqueror. That means we will try to
If you really want to use konqueror, then you can use something like the following:
[man] viewer = konq [man "konq"] cmd = A_PATH_TO/konqueror
Note that all these configuration variables should probably be set
--global flag, for example like this:
$ git config --global help.format web $ git config --global web.browser firefox
as they are probably more user specific than repository specific. See git-config for more information about this.
Part of the git suite