I am excited to announce the release of Magit version 2.6, consisting of 77 commits since the last feature release two months ago. The release notes can be found here.
Magit is an interface to the version control system Git, implemented as an Emacs package. Magit aspires to be a complete Git porcelain. While we cannot (yet) claim that Magit wraps and improves upon each and every Git command, it is complete enough to allow even experienced Git users to perform almost all of their daily version control tasks directly from within Emacs. While many fine Git clients exist, only Magit and Git itself deserve to be called porcelains.
For more information about Magit, see https://magit.vc.
The two most important changes will have the greatest effect for Windows users.
After invoking most Magit commands the current Magit buffer and the status buffer have to be refreshed. Doing that requires that git is called many times, which is a problem on Windows where starting a subprocess is unreasonably expensive. To reduce the effect of that, the values returned by git are now cached during a refresh. This won’t magically fix all performance issues, but it does make a difference.
Also note that the manual has a node with tips on how you can improve performance.
Magit buffers may contain diffs for more than one file and these files may use different line ending encodings. Magit now deals with that by assuming Unix encoding when calling git and then hiding CR at the end of lines in Magit buffers. This ensures that line endings are no longer at risk of being changed unintentionally.
The new behavior can be disabled using the options
Thanks to Luís Oliveira for working on this!
A few new commands have been added, most of which are variants of existing commands and are not bound to any keys by default. This release also comes with a few more new features and also several bug fixes. For information about those, please see the release notes, which I have tried to order by importance.
magit.vc, emacsair.me and
emacsmirror.net are now served over HTTPS.
If you visit
http://www.X then you are now redirected
https://X (but if you visit
https://www.X then you won’t be
I have signed the last few Magit release tags. Since you can now get the public key using a secure connection, you can be a little more confident that it was me who posted that.
Oh, and if so far you haven’t donated because you weren’t sure that it was me who would receive the donation, then you can be more confident about that too now ;-)
While I haven’t managed to go cold turkey I have significantly reduced the amount of work I have put into Magit. Let’s say the break has been spread out thinner than intended – I am doing more than I originally planned and the duration of the break will be extended accordingly.
I’ve also been working on the Emacsmirror again. News about that are eminent now.
Posted on 29th March 2016
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