When I open a Magit status buffer, then the recent commit section is closed, I need to use TAB to expand it. How can I configure it to always be expanded.

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The option magit-section-initial-visibility-alist can be used to configure this.

First you have to figure out the sections type using M-x magit-describe-section-briefly while point is on the section in question.

That shows #<magit-section "@{upstream}.." [unpushed status] 372-935>, so the type is unpushed, which is a bit surprising. The "Recent commits" section is actually just the form that the Unpushed to @{upstream} takes when there aren't actually any commits that haven't been pushed to @{upstream}.

To set the initial visibility use:

(setf (alist-get 'unpushed magit-section-initial-visibility-alist) 'show)

magit-section-initial-visibility-alist only supports setting the visibility based on the type (as opposed to also taking the value (here "@{upstream}..") into account). There can be a second section of type unpushed: Unpushed to <push-remote>. Given the above setting, that is also expanded initially.

  • thanks for your reply. its very useful. Aug 7, 2019 at 13:07

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