diff output from git can be hard to read. luckily there’s a nice tool bundled with git that can help us out.
enter diff-highlight, a little perl script found in git’s contrib directory.
from its own documentation:
[diff-highlight] post-processes the line-oriented diff, finds pairs of lines, and highlights the differening segments.
diff-highlight is shipped in a default git install but it needs to be added to your $PATH. here’s how to do it on debian:
$ sudo make -C /usr/share/doc/git/contrib/diff-highlight $ sudo ln -s /usr/share/doc/git/contrib/diff-highlight/diff-highlight /usr/local/bin/
now you can pipe git’s diff output to to diff-highlight to get a better view of what actually changed.
git diff | diff-highlight
optionally, you can configure git to use it all the time. add the following to your
[pager] log = diff-highlight | less show = diff-highlight | less diff = diff-highlight | less
see the documentation for more usage tips!