Raivo Laanemets. Software consultant.

Fix git diff on Slackware


The git diff command shows garbage output on the Slackware 14.1 installation. Here is a small tip that fixes it.

The default output from git diff is not very readable:

ESC[1mdiff --git a/Makefile b/MakefileESC[m
ESC[1mindex e0d98eb..dd2a4ef 100644ESC[m
ESC[1m--- a/MakefileESC[m
ESC[1m+++ b/MakefileESC[m
ESC[36m@@ -23,7 +23,4 @@ESC[m ESC[mcheck:ESC[m
        $(MAKE) -C admin cleanESC[m
ESC[31m-        $(MAKE) -C admin testESC[m
 .PHONY: test package upload admin clean check install-tools test-adminESC[m

To fix the output, the ~/.bashrc file needs an entry:

unset LESS

The fix is related to Why does diff/log not show color, even though I enabled it? as less with existing arguments in $LESS will ignore those set by the git command.

After adding the entry and opening a new Konsole window, the output will be readable:

diff --git a/Makefile b/Makefile
index e0d98eb..dd2a4ef 100644
--- a/Makefile
+++ b/Makefile
@@ -23,7 +23,4 @@ check:
        $(MAKE) -C admin clean

-       $(MAKE) -C admin test
 .PHONY: test package upload admin clean check install-tools test-admin


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