Edu Felipe Edu Felipe - 1 year ago 92
Git Question

Add only non-whitespace changes

I have my text editor to automatically trim trailing whitespace upon saving a file, and I am contributing to an OpenSource project that has severe problems with trailing whitespace.

Every time I try to submit a patch I must first ignore all whitespace-only changes by hand, to choose only the relevant information. Not only that, but when I run

git rebase
I usually run into several problems because of them.

As such I would like to be able to add to index only non-whitespace changes, in a way similar that
git add -p
does, but without having to pick all the changes myself.

Does anyone know how to do this?

EDIT: I cannot change the way the project works, and they have decided, after discussing it on the mailing list, to ignore this.

Answer Source

@Frew solution wasn't quite what I needed, so this is the alias I made for the exact same problem:

alias.addnw=!sh -c 'git diff -U0 -w --no-color "$@" | git apply --cached --ignore-whitespace --unidiff-zero -'

Or you can simply run:

git diff -U0 -w --no-color | git apply --cached --ignore-whitespace --unidiff-zero -


Added options -U0, and --unidiff-zero respectively to workaround context matching issues, according to this comment.

Basically it applies the patch which would be applied with add without whitespace changes. You will notice that after a git addnw your/file there will still be unstaged changes, it's the whitespaces left.

The --no-color isn't required but as I have colors set to always, I have to use it. Anyway, better safe than sorry.

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