I typeset my manuscript in org-mode with visual-line-mode turned on. Physically one of my paragraphs is just a line which is soft-wrapped.

In this case, when I tried to git diff (magit) to see what I have changed, all of this line (paragraph) is marked to be changed. I could not find out which part of this paragraph have been changed simply.

I think there should be some solutions regrading this issue, but I could not find any answer from website. Can anyone share your good solution?

  • The git command I use to deal with this is git diff --color-words. I don't know how to get magit to use that option.
    – erikstokes
    Aug 6, 2015 at 22:45
  • @erikstokes: magit currently can't use it, but see magit-diff-refine-hunk for something similar.
    – npostavs
    Aug 7, 2015 at 13:37
  • @npostavs Your comment is very useful. So if that is okay, i would like to ask you to answer this question for other's convenience.
    – Leu_Grady
    Aug 9, 2015 at 14:26

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You can customize/set magit-diff-refine-hunk to highlight word changes. magit-diff-toggle-refine-hunk, bound to D t, can be used to change it on the fly.

magit-diff-refine-hunk is a variable defined in `magit-diff.el'.

Whether to show word-granularity differences within diff hunks.

nil    never show fine differences.
t      show fine differences for the selected diff hunk only.
`all'  show fine differences for all displayed diff hunks.
  • 3
    Also M-x magit-diff-toggle-refine-hunk bound to D t (i.e. via magit-diff-refresh-popup) in Magit 2.
    – phils
    Aug 11, 2015 at 2:54

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