Linux News Today: Git 2.6 Is a Massive Release with Dozens of New Features, Countless Bug Fixes
The developers of the Git open-source distributed version control system have just announced the release and immediate availability for download of the Git 2.6.0 software for GNU/Linux, Microsoft Windows, and Mac OS X operating systems.
According to the internal release notes attached at the end of the article for reference, Git 2.6 is a major release that introduces dozens of new features, but also fixes numerous bugs that have been reported by users since the previous version of the application.
Prominent features of Git 2.6 include the ability to use an asterisk as a substring of a path component, the implementation of a new userdiff pattern definition, the addition of a new “–date=format:…” option for the “git log” command, and support for the get-mark command in “git fast-import.”
Furthermore, the “drop commit-object-name subject” command was implemented in “git rebase -i,” the “–follow” option can be automatically enabled via a new configuration variable when running “git log” with a single pathspec argument, and support for displaying extra information about a “rebase -i” session via the “git status” command has been added.
There are numerous other new features in Git 2.6
In addition to the new features mentioned above, Git 2.6 also comes with the “–batch-all-objects” option for the “git cat-file” command, while the “git fsck” command is now capable of ignoring errors.
Other additions include a configurable list of todo for “git rebase -i,” alias-expansion support for the “git send-email” command, initial untracked cache support, updated command-line completion script, and much more.
As mentioned, this major release fixes a great number of issues reported by users since previous versions of the software, so if you’re curious to know what exactly has been changed, check out the changelog attached below. In the meantime, you can download the Git 2.6.0 sources right now from Softpedia or directly from the project’s website.