git log exit code 141?

Something's that been bugging me for a while now is that when I do a `git log` command and quit before scrolling through all the output, my terminal prompt shows my last command (the git log) exited non-zero with status code 141.

I have git configured to use `less -+S` as the pager.

The answer turns out to be really straightforward, but took me a little bit of internet searching. I am capturing the learning here to save my future self the research and possibly anyone else typing the exact same thing into Google that I did ;-)

The explanation:

  • Git pipes the logs into less
  • I quit the less process, which sends a SIGPIPE signal (13) to the underlying git process streaming the logs
  • git catches the interrupt and exits prematurely and per POSIX convention returns 128 + the SIGPIPE status ==> 141 to indicate that it was terminated by signal 13
The background:


Anonymous said…
Is there any way to fix the exit code so that it is 0?
Ben VanEvery said…
Yes, change your git pager configuration to just `less`
DrStrangepork said…
I have tried setting core.pager to 'less' as well as removing all color-related env vars, and I continue to get error 141 when I quit 'git log'. Any more ideas?

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