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Thibaut Andrieu
Thibaut Andrieu

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Tiny Tips : gitk -- (with 2 dash)

When I want to view the history of a file, I use gitk, start typing a few letters, hit tab, type again, hit tab, etc… to autocomplete the full path:

gitk src/com<tab>ponent/data<tab>base/dba<tab>
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However, when hitting tab, gitk may hang a few seconds, especially on huge repositories. It's because he tries to autocomplete a branch name in addition to local files.

By adding --:

gitk -- srs/com<tab>...
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Autocompletion will only complete local files, making it much more reactive.

In this case, -- is not a gitk feature, but a shell feature.

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