Anonymous committed 4a689af

difftool: provide basename to external tools

Currently, only configured diff helpers get the basename of the file
being compared. Tools specified with "git difftool -x" only get the
names of temporary files for the different versions.

Export BASE so that an external tool can read the name from the
environment. Rather than using a third argument, this avoids breaking
existing scripts which may somewhat carelessly be using "$@" rather than
"$1" "$2".

Signed-off-by: Michael J Gruber <>
Signed-off-by: Junio C Hamano <>

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 	Specify a custom command for viewing diffs.
 	'git-difftool' ignores the configured defaults and runs
 	`$command $LOCAL $REMOTE` when this option is specified.
+	Additionally, `$BASE` is set in the environment.

 	if use_ext_cmd; then
+		export BASE
 		run_merge_tool "$merge_tool"