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    The latest feature release GIT 1.5.0 is available at the usual places:

    http://www.kernel.org/pub/software/scm/git/

    git-1.5.0.tar.{gz,bz2} (tarball)
    git-htmldocs-1.5.0.tar.{gz,bz2} (preformatted docs)
    git-manpages-1.5.0.tar.{gz,bz2} (preformatted docs)
    RPMS/$arch/git-*-1.5.0-1.$arch.rpm (RPM)

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    GIT v1.5.0 Release Notes
    ========================

    Old news
    --------

    This section is for people who are upgrading from ancient
    versions of git. Although all of the changes in this section
    happened before the current v1.4.4 release, they are summarized
    here in the v1.5.0 release notes for people who skipped earlier
    versions.

    As of git v1.5.0 there are some optional features that changes
    the repository to allow data to be stored and transferred more
    efficiently. These features are not enabled by default, as they
    will make the repository unusable with older versions of git.
    Specifically, the available options are:

    - There is a configuration variable core.legacyheaders that
    changes the format of loose objects so that they are more
    efficient to pack and to send out of the repository over git
    native protocol, since v1.4.2. However, loose objects
    written in the new format cannot be read by git older than
    that version; people fetching from your repository using
    older clients over dumb transports (e.g. http) using older
    versions of git will also be affected.

    - Since v1.4.3, configuration repack.usedeltabaseoffset allows
    packfile to be created in more space efficient format, which
    cannot be read by git older than that version.

    The above two are not enabled by default and you explicitly have
    to ask for them, because these two features make repositories
    unreadable by older versions of git, and in v1.5.0 we still do
    not enable them by default for the same reason. We will change
    this default probably 1 year after 1.4.2's release, when it is
    reasonable to expect everybody to have new enough version of
    git.

    - 'git pack-refs' appeared in v1.4.4; this command allows tags
    to be accessed much more efficiently than the traditional
    'one-file-per-tag' format. Older git-native clients can
    still fetch from a repository that packed and pruned refs
    (the server side needs to run the up-to-date version of git),
    but older dumb transports cannot. Packing of refs is done by
    an explicit user action, either by use of "git pack-refs
    --prune" command or by use of "git gc" command.

    - 'git -p' to paginate anything -- many commands do pagination
    by default on a tty. Introduced between v1.4.1 and v1.4.2;
    this may surprise old timers.

    - 'git archive' superseded 'git tar-tree' in v1.4.3;

    - 'git cvsserver' was new invention in v1.3.0;

    - 'git repo-config', 'git grep', 'git rebase' and 'gitk' were
    seriously enhanced during v1.4.0 timeperiod.

    - 'gitweb' became part of git.git during v1.4.0 timeperiod and
    seriously modified since then.

    - reflog is an v1.4.0 invention. This allows you to name a
    revision that a branch used to be at (e.g. "git diff
    master@{yesterday} master" allows you to see changes since
    yesterday's tip of the branch).


    Updates in v1.5.0 since v1.4.4 series
    -------------------------------------

    * Index manipulation

    - git-add is to add contents to the index (aka "staging area"
    for the next commit), whether the file the contents happen to
    be is an existing one or a newly created one.

    - git-add without any argument does not add everything
    anymore. Use 'git-add .' instead. Also you can add
    otherwise ignored files with an -f option.

    - git-add tries to be more friendly to users by offering an
    interactive mode ("git-add -i").

    - git-commit <path> used to refuse to commit if <path> was
    different between HEAD and the index (i.e. update-index was
    used on it earlier). This check was removed.

    - git-rm is much saner and safer. It is used to remove paths
    from both the index file and the working tree, and makes sure
    you are not losing any local modification before doing so.

    - git-reset <tree> <paths>... can be used to revert index
    entries for selected paths.

    - git-update-index is much less visible. Many suggestions to
    use the command in git output and documentation have now been
    replaced by simpler commands such as "git add" or "git rm".


    * Repository layout and objects transfer

    - The data for origin repository is stored in the configuration
    file $GIT_DIR/config, not in $GIT_DIR/remotes/, for newly
    created clones. The latter is still supported and there is
    no need to convert your existing repository if you are
    already comfortable with your workflow with the layout.

    - git-clone always uses what is known as "separate remote"
    layout for a newly created repository with a working tree.

    A repository with the separate remote layout starts with only
    one default branch, 'master', to be used for your own
    development. Unlike the traditional layout that copied all
    the upstream branches into your branch namespace (while
    renaming their 'master' to your 'origin'), the new layout
    puts upstream branches into local "remote-tracking branches"
    with their own namespace. These can be referenced with names
    such as "origin/$upstream_branch_name" and are stored in
    .git/refs/remotes rather than .git/refs/heads where normal
    branches are stored.

    This layout keeps your own branch namespace less cluttered,
    avoids name collision with your upstream, makes it possible
    to automatically track new branches created at the remote
    after you clone from it, and makes it easier to interact with
    more than one remote repository (you can use "git remote" to
    add other repositories to track). There might be some
    surprises:

    * 'git branch' does not show the remote tracking branches.
    It only lists your own branches. Use '-r' option to view
    the tracking branches.

    * If you are forking off of a branch obtained from the
    upstream, you would have done something like 'git branch
    my-next next', because traditional layout dropped the
    tracking branch 'next' into your own branch namespace.
    With the separate remote layout, you say 'git branch next
    origin/next', which allows you to use the matching name
    'next' for your own branch. It also allows you to track a
    remote other than 'origin' (i.e. where you initially cloned
    from) and fork off of a branch from there the same way
    (e.g. "git branch mingw j6t/master").

    Repositories initialized with the traditional layout continue
    to work.

    - New branches that appear on the origin side after a clone is
    made are also tracked automatically. This is done with an
    wildcard refspec "refs/heads/*:refs/remotes/origin/*", which
    older git does not understand, so if you clone with 1.5.0,
    you would need to downgrade remote.*.fetch in the
    configuration file to specify each branch you are interested
    in individually if you plan to fetch into the repository with
    older versions of git (but why would you?).

    - Similarly, wildcard refspec "refs/heads/*:refs/remotes/me/*"
    can be given to "git-push" command to update the tracking
    branches that is used to track the repository you are pushing
    from on the remote side.

    - git-branch and git-show-branch know remote tracking branches
    (use the command line switch "-r" to list only tracked branches).

    - git-push can now be used to delete a remote branch or a tag.
    This requires the updated git on the remote side (use "git
    push <remote> :refs/heads/<branch>" to delete "branch").

    - git-push more aggressively keeps the transferred objects
    packed. Earlier we recommended to monitor amount of loose
    objects and repack regularly, but you should repack when you
    accumulated too many small packs this way as well. Updated
    git-count-objects helps you with this.

    - git-fetch also more aggressively keeps the transferred objects
    packed. This behavior of git-push and git-fetch can be
    tweaked with a single configuration transfer.unpacklimit (but
    usually there should not be any need for a user to tweak it).

    - A new command, git-remote, can help you manage your remote
    tracking branch definitions.

    - You may need to specify explicit paths for upload-pack and/or
    receive-pack due to your ssh daemon configuration on the
    other end. This can now be done via remote.*.uploadpack and
    remote.*.receivepack configuration.


    * Bare repositories

    - Certain commands change their behavior in a bare repository
    (i.e. a repository without associated working tree). We use
    a fairly conservative heuristic (if $GIT_DIR is ".git", or
    ends with "/.git", the repository is not bare) to decide if a
    repository is bare, but "core.bare" configuration variable
    can be used to override the heuristic when it misidentifies
    your repository.

    - git-fetch used to complain updating the current branch but
    this is now allowed for a bare repository. So is the use of
    'git-branch -f' to update the current branch.

    - Porcelain-ish commands that require a working tree refuses to
    work in a bare repository.


    * Reflog

    - Reflog records the history from the view point of the local
    repository. In other words, regardless of the real history,
    the reflog shows the history as seen by one particular
    repository (this enables you to ask "what was the current
    revision in _this_ repository, yesterday at 1pm?"). This
    facility is enabled by default for repositories with working
    trees, and can be accessed with the "branch@{time}" and
    "branch@{Nth}" notation.

    - "git show-branch" learned showing the reflog data with the
    new -g option. "git log" has -s option to view reflog
    entries in a more verbose manner.

    - git-branch knows how to rename branches and moves existing
    reflog data from the old branch to the new one.

    - In addition to the reflog support in v1.4.4 series, HEAD
    reference maintains its own log. "HEAD@{5.minutes.ago}"
    means the commit you were at 5 minutes ago, which takes
    branch switching into account. If you want to know where the
    tip of your current branch was at 5 minutes ago, you need to
    explicitly say its name (e.g. "master@{5.minutes.ago}") or
    omit the refname altogether i.e. "@{5.minutes.ago}".

    - The commits referred to by reflog entries are now protected
    against pruning. The new command "git reflog expire" can be
    used to truncate older reflog entries and entries that refer
    to commits that have been pruned away previously with older
    versions of git.

    Existing repositories that have been using reflog may get
    complaints from fsck-objects and may not be able to run
    git-repack, if you had run git-prune from older git; please
    run "git reflog expire --stale-fix --all" first to remove
    reflog entries that refer to commits that are no longer in
    the repository when that happens.


    * Crufts removal

    - We used to say "old commits are retrievable using reflog and
    'master@{yesterday}' syntax as long as you haven't run
    git-prune". We no longer have to say the latter half of the
    above sentence, as git-prune does not remove things reachable
    from reflog entries.

    - 'git-prune' by default does not remove _everything_
    unreachable, as there is a one-day grace period built-in.

    - There is a toplevel garbage collector script, 'git-gc', that
    runs periodic cleanup functions, including 'git-repack -a -d',
    'git-reflog expire', 'git-pack-refs --prune', and 'git-rerere
    gc'.

    - The output from fsck ("fsck-objects" is called just "fsck"
    now, but the old name continues to work) was needlessly
    alarming in that it warned missing objects that are reachable
    only from dangling objects. This has been corrected and the
    output is much more useful.


    * Detached HEAD

    - You can use 'git-checkout' to check out an arbitrary revision
    or a tag as well, instead of named branches. This will
    dissociate your HEAD from the branch you are currently on.

    A typical use of this feature is to "look around". E.g.

    $ git checkout v2.6.16
    ... compile, test, etc.
    $ git checkout v2.6.17
    ... compile, test, etc.

    - After detaching your HEAD, you can go back to an existing
    branch with usual "git checkout $branch". Also you can
    start a new branch using "git checkout -b $newbranch" to
    start a new branch at that commit.

    - You can even pull from other repositories, make merges and
    commits while your HEAD is detached. Also you can use "git
    reset" to jump to arbitrary commit, while still keeping your
    HEAD detached.

    Going back to attached state (i.e. on a particular branch) by
    "git checkout $branch" can lose the current stat you arrived
    in these ways, and "git checkout" refuses when the detached
    HEAD is not pointed by any existing ref (an existing branch,
    a remote tracking branch or a tag). This safety can be
    overridden with "git checkout -f $branch".


    * Packed refs

    - Repositories with hundreds of tags have been paying large
    overhead, both in storage and in runtime, due to the
    traditional one-ref-per-file format. A new command,
    git-pack-refs, can be used to "pack" them in more efficient
    representation (you can let git-gc do this for you).

    - Clones and fetches over dumb transports are now aware of
    packed refs and can download from repositories that use
    them.


    * Configuration

    - configuration related to color setting are consolidated under
    color.* namespace (older diff.color.*, status.color.* are
    still supported).

    - 'git-repo-config' command is accessible as 'git-config' now.


    * Updated features

    - git-describe uses better criteria to pick a base ref. It
    used to pick the one with the newest timestamp, but now it
    picks the one that is topologically the closest (that is,
    among ancestors of commit C, the ref T that has the shortest
    output from "git-rev-list T..C" is chosen).

    - git-describe gives the number of commits since the base ref
    between the refname and the hash suffix. E.g. the commit one
    before v2.6.20-rc6 in the kernel repository is:

    v2.6.20-rc5-306-ga21b069

    which tells you that its object name begins with a21b069,
    v2.6.20-rc5 is an ancestor of it (meaning, the commit
    contains everything -rc5 has), and there are 306 commits
    since v2.6.20-rc5.

    - git-describe with --abbrev=0 can be used to show only the
    name of the base ref.

    - git-blame learned a new option, --incremental, that tells it
    to output the blames as they are assigned. A sample script
    to use it is also included as contrib/blameview.

    - git-blame starts annotating from the working tree by default.


    * Less external dependency

    - We no longer require the "merge" program from the RCS suite.
    All 3-way file-level merges are now done internally.

    - The original implementation of git-merge-recursive which was
    in Python has been removed; we have a C implementation of it
    now.

    - git-shortlog is no longer a Perl script. It no longer
    requires output piped from git-log; it can accept revision
    parameters directly on the command line.


    * I18n

    - We have always encouraged the commit message to be encoded in
    UTF-8, but the users are allowed to use legacy encoding as
    appropriate for their projects. This will continue to be the
    case. However, a non UTF-8 commit encoding _must_ be
    explicitly set with i18n.commitencoding in the repository
    where a commit is made; otherwise git-commit-tree will
    complain if the log message does not look like a valid UTF-8
    string.

    - The value of i18n.commitencoding in the originating
    repository is recorded in the commit object on the "encoding"
    header, if it is not UTF-8. git-log and friends notice this,
    and reencodes the message to the log output encoding when
    displaying, if they are different. The log output encoding
    is determined by "git log --encoding=<encoding>",
    i18n.logoutputencoding configuration, or i18n.commitencoding
    configuration, in the decreasing order of preference, and
    defaults to UTF-8.

    - Tools for e-mailed patch application now default to -u
    behavior; i.e. it always re-codes from the e-mailed encoding
    to the encoding specified with i18n.commitencoding. This
    unfortunately forces projects that have happily been using a
    legacy encoding without setting i18n.commitencoding to set
    the configuration, but taken with other improvement, please
    excuse us for this very minor one-time inconvenience.


    * e-mailed patches

    - See the above I18n section.

    - git-format-patch now enables --binary without being asked.
    git-am does _not_ default to it, as sending binary patch via
    e-mail is unusual and is harder to review than textual
    patches and it is prudent to require the person who is
    applying the patch to explicitly ask for it.

    - The default suffix for git-format-patch output is now ".patch",
    not ".txt". This can be changed with --suffix=.txt option,
    or setting the config variable "format.suffix" to ".txt".


    * Foreign SCM interfaces

    - git-svn now requires the Perl SVN:: libraries, the
    command-line backend was too slow and limited.

    - the 'commit' subcommand of git-svn has been renamed to
    'set-tree', and 'dcommit' is the recommended replacement for
    day-to-day work.

    - git fast-import backend.


    * User support

    - Quite a lot of documentation updates.

    - Bash completion scripts have been updated heavily.

    - Better error messages for often used Porcelainish commands.

    - Git GUI. This is a simple Tk based graphical interface for
    common Git operations.


    * Sliding mmap

    - We used to assume that we can mmap the whole packfile while
    in use, but with a large project this consumes huge virtual
    memory space and truly huge ones would not fit in the
    userland address space on 32-bit platforms. We now mmap huge
    packfile in pieces to avoid this problem.


    * Shallow clones

    - There is a partial support for 'shallow' repositories that
    keeps only recent history. A 'shallow clone' is created by
    specifying how deep that truncated history should be
    (e.g. "git clone --depth=5 git://some.where/repo.git").

    Currently a shallow repository has number of limitations:

    - Cloning and fetching _from_ a shallow clone are not
    supported (nor tested -- so they might work by accident but
    they are not expected to).

    - Pushing from nor into a shallow clone are not expected to
    work.

    - Merging inside a shallow repository would work as long as a
    merge base is found in the recent history, but otherwise it
    will be like merging unrelated histories and may result in
    huge conflicts.

    but this would be more than adequate for people who want to
    look at near the tip of a big project with a deep history and
    send patches in e-mail format.

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