I'm tracking a Virtual PC virtual machine file (*.vmc) in git, and after making a change git identified the file as binary and wouldn't diff it for me. I discovered that the file was encoded in UTF-16.
Can git be taught to recognize that this file is text and handle it appropriately?
I'm using git under Cygwin, with core.autocrlf set to false. I could use mSysGit or git under UNIX, if necessary.
I've been struggling with this problem for a while, and just discovered (for me) a perfect solution:
$ git config --global diff.tool vimdiff # or merge.tool to get merging too! $ git difftool commit1 commit2
git difftool takes the same arguments as
git diff would, but runs a diff program of your choice instead of the built-in GNU
diff. So pick a multibyte-aware diff (in my case,
vim in diff mode) and just use
git difftool instead of
Find "difftool" too long to type? No problem:
$ git config --global alias.dt difftool $ git dt commit1 commit2