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NAME

git-stripspace - Remove unnecessary whitespace

SYNOPSIS

'git stripspace' [-s | --strip-comments] < input

DESCRIPTION

Clean the input in the manner used by Git for text such as commit messages, notes, tags and branch descriptions.

With no arguments, this will:

  • remove trailing whitespace from all lines

  • collapse multiple consecutive empty lines into one empty line

  • remove empty lines from the beginning and end of the input

  • add a missing \n to the last line if necessary.

In the case where the input consists entirely of whitespace characters, no output will be produced.

NOTE: This is intended for cleaning metadata, prefer the --whitespace=fix mode of git-apply[1] for correcting whitespace of patches or files in the repository.

OPTIONS

-s
--strip-comments

Skip and remove all lines starting with comment character (default #).

-c
--comment-lines

Prepend comment character and blank to each line. Lines will automatically be terminated with a newline. On empty lines, only the comment character will be prepended.

EXAMPLES

Given the following noisy input with $ indicating the end of a line:

|A brief introduction   $
|   $
|$
|A new paragraph$
|# with a commented-out line    $
|explaining lots of stuff.$
|$
|# An old paragraph, also commented-out. $
|      $
|The end.$
|  $
---------

Use 'git stripspace' with no arguments to obtain:

|A brief introduction$ |$ |A new paragraph$ |# with a commented-out line$ |explaining lots of stuff.$ |$ |# An old paragraph, also commented-out.$ |$ |The end.$

Use 'git stripspace --strip-comments' to obtain:

--------
|A brief introduction$
|$
|A new paragraph$
|explaining lots of stuff.$
|$
|The end.$

GIT

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