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git diff -C can show rearrangements and renames.



it still pollutes the git blame, doesn't help with web views of code repos and causes more merge/rebase conflicts.

the sorting causes more problems than its very questionable worth.


Setting the git diff algorithm to patience or histogram would probably solve a lot of the merge issues. You’re right on the web views. It would be nice if they respected the algorithm setting from the git config.


In my experience the diff algorithms do nothing when one person moves the function and another edits it. The algos just fiddle around the margins of diff hunks.




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