2. Git Basics
7. Git Tools
10. Git Internals
1.7 Getting Started - Getting Help
If you ever need help while using Git, there are two equivalent ways to get the comprehensive manual page (manpage) help for any of the Git commands:
$ git help <verb> $ man git-<verb>
For example, you can get the manpage help for the
git config command by running
$ git help config
These commands are nice because you can access them anywhere, even offline.
If the manpages and this book aren’t enough and you need in-person help, you can try the
#github channel on the Freenode IRC server, which can be found at https://freenode.net/.
These channels are regularly filled with hundreds of people who are all very knowledgeable about Git and are often willing to help.
In addition, if you don’t need the full-blown manpage help, but just need a quick refresher on the available options for a Git command, you can ask for the more concise “help” output with the
--help options, as in:
$ git add -h usage: git add [<options>] [--] <pathspec>... -n, --dry-run dry run -v, --verbose be verbose -i, --interactive interactive picking -p, --patch select hunks interactively -e, --edit edit current diff and apply -f, --force allow adding otherwise ignored files -u, --update update tracked files -N, --intent-to-add record only the fact that the path will be added later -A, --all add changes from all tracked and untracked files --ignore-removal ignore paths removed in the working tree (same as --no-all) --refresh don't add, only refresh the index --ignore-errors just skip files which cannot be added because of errors --ignore-missing check if - even missing - files are ignored in dry run --chmod <(+/-)x> override the executable bit of the listed files