Git diff: Deemphasizing code that was only moved around

In long diffs, it can become impossible to spot small changes in larger blocks of moved code. This may be either a method that was moved from the top to the bottom of a file, or a long test file that was split in many.

Fortunately, Git offers a special highlighting mode that directs the reader's attention to relevant code parts:

git diff --color-moved=dimmed-zebra

It will dim lines that were moved around without changes, and highlight changed lines. See this SO answer for an illustration.

To easily use dimmed-zebra mode, configure an alias:

# ~/.gitconfig
  dz = diff --color-moved=dimmed-zebra
Dominik Schöler about 1 month ago
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