On most machines where I use git, long lines in the output of commands like
git diff and
git show are wrapped.
On one machine, though, long lines are truncated, and I have to use the left and right arrow keys to scroll the screen horizontally. I don’t like this behavior at all, and I need to change it.
I assume this is a configuration variable in git’s pager, or something. Does anyone know what it is?
I have seen this inverse question but I haven’t been able to infer an answer to my question from it.
Update: I was under the impression that git had its own built-in pager. Experimentation with
ps, however, suggests that on the machine where it works properly (does wrap) there’s a program
/usr/bin/pager running, whereas on the machine where it’s "broken" (that is, requires horizontal scrolling), the running pager is
less. So perhaps this is a
less question, not a
As it appears that the culprit is
less AND the default of
less in the source distribution is to wrap lines, this sounds like you have inherited a shell where this has been configured explicitly.
First of all you can toggle this by typing
-S at the prompt.
Check for the presence of
LESS environment variable, and whether it holds a value containing ‘S’. If so you need to adapt it to have
On my Mac, this works: