When using magit-commit-create, internally it runs something like...

  • git commit . instead of...
  • git commit -a

Is there a way to make magit use -a / --all by default instead?

Note: this is an important difference because this causes sub-modules to be committed each time, which I don't want to do (since the sub-modules have master checked out and I don't want to be changing the submodule sha1 for every commit).

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This can be done by setting magit-commit-arguments, for example:

(setq magit-commit-arguments '("--all"))

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