How do I force Git to use LF instead of CR+LF under Windows?


I want to force Git to check out files under Windows using just LF not CR+LF.
I checked the two configuration options, but was not able to find the right combination of settings.

I want to convert all files to have LF line breaks and keep the LF in the files.

Remark: I used autocrlf = input but this just repairs the files when you commit them.
I want to force it to get them using LF.

Probably I wasn't so clear: the repository is already using LF but the files checked out using Git for Windows are using CR+LF and I want to force Git to get them with LF: forcing Unix line endings.

$ git config --list | grep crlf


The proper way to get LF endings in Windows is to first set core.autocrlf to false:

git config --global core.autocrlf false

You need to do this if you are using msysgit, because it sets it to true in its system settings.

Now git won’t do any line ending normalization. If you want files you check in to be normalized, do this: Set text=auto in your .gitattributes for all files:

* text=auto

And set core.eol to lf:

git config --global core.eol lf

Now you can also switch single repos to crlf (in the working directory!) by running

git config core.eol crlf

After you have done the configuration, you might want git to normalize all the files in the repo. To do this, go to to the root of your repo and run these commands:

git rm --cached -rf .
git diff --cached --name-only -z | xargs -n 50 -0 git add -f

If you now want git to also normalize the files in your working directory, run these commands:

git ls-files -z | xargs -0 rm
git checkout .

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