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    1 GIT v1.6.3 Release Notes
    2 ========================
    3 
    4 With the next major release, "git push" into a branch that is
    5 currently checked out will be refused by default.  You can choose
    6 what should happen upon such a push by setting the configuration
    7 variable receive.denyCurrentBranch in the receiving repository.
    8 
    9 To ease the transition plan, the receiving repository of such a
   10 push running this release will issue a big warning when the
   11 configuration variable is missing.  Please refer to:
   12 
   13   http://git.or.cz/gitwiki/GitFaq#non-bare
   14   http://thread.gmane.org/gmane.comp.version-control.git/107758/focus=108007
   15 
   16 for more details on the reason why this change is needed and the
   17 transition plan.
   18 
   19 For a similar reason, "git push $there :$killed" to delete the branch
   20 $killed in a remote repository $there, if $killed branch is the current
   21 branch pointed at by its HEAD, gets a large warning.  You can choose what
   22 should happen upon such a push by setting the configuration variable
   23 receive.denyDeleteCurrent in the receiving repository.
   24 
   25 When the user does not tell "git push" what to push, it has always
   26 pushed matching refs.  For some people it is unexpected, and a new
   27 configuration variable push.default has been introduced to allow
   28 changing a different default behaviour.  To advertise the new feature,
   29 a big warning is issued if this is not configured and a git push without
   30 arguments is attempted.
   31 
   32 
   33 Updates since v1.6.2
   34 --------------------
   35 
   36 (subsystems)
   37 
   38 * various git-svn updates.
   39 
   40 * git-gui updates, including an update to Russian translation, and a
   41   fix to an infinite loop when showing an empty diff.
   42 
   43 * gitk updates, including an update to Russian translation and improved Windows
   44   support.
   45 
   46 (performance)
   47 
   48 * many uses of lstat(2) in the codepath for "git checkout" have been
   49   optimized out.
   50 
   51 (usability, bells and whistles)
   52 
   53 * Boolean configuration variable yes/no can be written as on/off.
   54 
   55 * rsync:/path/to/repo can be used to run git over rsync for local
   56   repositories.  It may not be useful in practice; meant primarily for
   57   testing.
   58 
   59 * http transport learned to prompt and use password when fetching from or
   60   pushing to http://user@host.xz/ URL.
   61 
   62 * (msysgit) progress output that is sent over the sideband protocol can
   63   be handled appropriately in Windows console.
   64 
   65 * "--pretty=<style>" option to the log family of commands can now be
   66   spelled as "--format=<style>".  In addition, --format=%formatstring
   67   is a short-hand for --pretty=tformat:%formatstring.
   68 
   69 * "--oneline" is a synonym for "--pretty=oneline --abbrev-commit".
   70 
   71 * "--graph" to the "git log" family can draw the commit ancestry graph
   72   in colors.
   73 
   74 * If you realize that you botched the patch when you are editing hunks
   75   with the 'edit' action in git-add -i/-p, you can abort the editor to
   76   tell git not to apply it.
   77 
   78 * @{-1} is a new way to refer to the last branch you were on introduced in
   79   1.6.2, but the initial implementation did not teach this to a few
   80   commands.  Now the syntax works with "branch -m @{-1} newname".
   81 
   82 * git-archive learned --output=<file> option.
   83 
   84 * git-archive takes attributes from the tree being archived; strictly
   85   speaking, this is an incompatible behaviour change, but is a good one.
   86   Use --worktree-attributes option to allow it to read attributes from
   87   the work tree as before (deprecated git-tar tree command always reads
   88   attributes from the work tree).
   89 
   90 * git-bisect shows not just the number of remaining commits whose goodness
   91   is unknown, but also shows the estimated number of remaining rounds.
   92 
   93 * You can give --date=<format> option to git-blame.
   94 
   95 * "git-branch -r" shows HEAD symref that points at a remote branch in
   96   interest of each tracked remote repository.
   97 
   98 * "git-branch -v -v" is a new way to get list of names for branches and the
   99   "upstream" branch for them.
  100 
  101 * git-config learned -e option to open an editor to edit the config file
  102   directly.
  103 
  104 * git-clone runs post-checkout hook when run without --no-checkout.
  105 
  106 * git-difftool is now part of the officially supported command, primarily
  107   maintained by David Aguilar.
  108 
  109 * git-for-each-ref learned a new "upstream" token.
  110 
  111 * git-format-patch can be told to use attachment with a new configuration,
  112   format.attach.
  113 
  114 * git-format-patch can be told to produce deep or shallow message threads.
  115 
  116 * git-format-patch can be told to always add sign-off with a configuration
  117   variable.
  118 
  119 * git-format-patch learned format.headers configuration to add extra
  120   header fields to the output.  This behaviour is similar to the existing
  121   --add-header=<header> option of the command.
  122 
  123 * git-format-patch gives human readable names to the attached files, when
  124   told to send patches as attachments.
  125 
  126 * git-grep learned to highlight the found substrings in color.
  127 
  128 * git-imap-send learned to work around Thunderbird's inability to easily
  129   disable format=flowed with a new configuration, imap.preformattedHTML.
  130 
  131 * git-rebase can be told to rebase the series even if your branch is a
  132   descendant of the commit you are rebasing onto with --force-rebase
  133   option.
  134 
  135 * git-rebase can be told to report diffstat with the --stat option.
  136 
  137 * Output from git-remote command has been vastly improved.
  138 
  139 * "git remote update --prune $remote" updates from the named remote and
  140   then prunes stale tracking branches.
  141 
  142 * git-send-email learned --confirm option to review the Cc: list before
  143   sending the messages out.
  144 
  145 (developers)
  146 
  147 * Test scripts can be run under valgrind.
  148 
  149 * Test scripts can be run with installed git.
  150 
  151 * Makefile learned 'coverage' option to run the test suites with
  152   coverage tracking enabled.
  153 
  154 * Building the manpages with docbook-xsl between 1.69.1 and 1.71.1 now
  155   requires setting DOCBOOK_SUPPRESS_SP to work around a docbook-xsl bug.
  156   This workaround used to be enabled by default, but causes problems
  157   with newer versions of docbook-xsl.  In addition, there are a few more
  158   knobs you can tweak to work around issues with various versions of the
  159   docbook-xsl package.  See comments in Documentation/Makefile for details.
  160 
  161 * Support for building and testing a subset of git on a system without a
  162   working perl has been improved.
  163 
  164 
  165 Fixes since v1.6.2
  166 ------------------
  167 
  168 All of the fixes in v1.6.2.X maintenance series are included in this
  169 release, unless otherwise noted.
  170 
  171 Here are fixes that this release has, but have not been backported to
  172 v1.6.2.X series.
  173 
  174 * "git-apply" rejected a patch that swaps two files (i.e. renames A to B
  175   and B to A at the same time).  May need to be backported by cherry
  176   picking d8c81df and then 7fac0ee).
  177 
  178 * The initial checkout did not read the attributes from the .gitattribute
  179   file that is being checked out.
  180 
  181 * git-gc spent excessive amount of time to decide if an object appears
  182   in a locally existing pack (if needed, backport by merging 69e020a).