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git-help - Display help information about Git
git help [-a|--all] [-g|--guide]
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 --all or -a is given, all available commands are printed
on the standard output.
If the option --guide or -g is given, a list of the useful Git 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
Note that git --help ... is identical to git help ... because the
former is internally converted into the latter.
To display the git(1) 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.
Prints a list of useful guides on the standard output. This option
overrides any given command or guide name.
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 help.format
By default the man program will be used to display the manual page,
but the man.viewer configuration 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
help.browser, or web.browser if 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(1) for more information about this.
If no command-line option is passed, the help.format configuration
variable will be checked. The following values are supported for this
variable; they make git help behave as their corresponding command-
o "man" corresponds to -m|--man,
o "info" corresponds to -i|--info,
o "web" or "html" correspond to -w|--web.
help.browser, web.browser and browser.<tool>.path
The help.browser, web.browser and 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
The man.viewer configuration variable will be checked if the man format
is chosen. The following values are currently supported:
o "man": use the man program as usual,
o "woman": use emacsclient to launch the "woman" mode in emacs (this
only works starting with emacsclient versions 22),
o "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 man.viewer configuration variable.
Their corresponding programs will be tried in the order listed in the
For example, this configuration:
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 in the 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
When the man viewer, specified by the man.viewer configuration
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.
Note about konqueror
When konqueror is specified in the man.viewer configuration 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 launch
If you really want to use konqueror, then you can use something like
viewer = konq
cmd = A_PATH_TO/konqueror
Note about git config --global
Note that all these configuration variables should probably be set
using the --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(1) for more information about this.
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