When I use magit on a RHEL 7 box today, it gives me this output when checking magit-status:

magit-status output

Not sure what went wrong. Magit-version output is:

Magit 2.11.0, Git 2.14.1, Emacs 25.3.1, gnu/linux

The same Emacs setting works on Mac without any issue, haven't checked with a different Linux box yet.

Has anyone encountered the same problem before?



Found the problem, thanks to icarus. Sometime ago, I added

[color] ui = always

in my ~/.gitconfig. That's cause for all these control characters to show up. Removing it fixed it.

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    Identical ~/.gitconfig files on the two machines? Does removing ~/.gitconfig help?
    – icarus
    Jan 11, 2018 at 6:35
  • Ah ha, yes, it's because the [color] ui = always setting in ~/.gitconfig Thanks
    – sudo
    Jan 11, 2018 at 20:04
  • @sudo Instead of appending the answer to the question itself please turn it into an actual, stand-alone answer. You can then accept your own answer and the question does not forever remain unanswered.
    – tarsius
    Jan 11, 2018 at 21:00
  • @tarsius Cool, got it.
    – sudo
    Jan 12, 2018 at 21:11

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The two different machines had different ~/.gitconfig files, in particular one had an option selecting color always rather than when the output was going to the terminal. The ^[[32m and similar are ansi terminal color selecting sequences.

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