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git-log - Show commit logs
'git-log' <option>...
Shows the commit logs.
The command takes options applicable to the gitlink:git-rev-list[1]
command to control what is shown and how, and options applicable to
the gitlink:git-diff-tree[1] commands to control how the changes
each commit introduces are shown.
This manual page describes only the most frequently used options.
Limits the number of commits to show.
Show only commits between the named two commits. When
either <since> or <until> is omitted, it defaults to
`HEAD`, i.e. the tip of the current branch.
For a more complete list of ways to spell <since>
and <until>, see "SPECIFYING REVISIONS" section in
Follow only the first parent commit upon seeing a merge
commit. This option gives a better overview of the
evolution of a particular branch.
Show the change the commit introduces in a patch form.
-g, \--walk-reflogs::
Show commits as they were recorded in the reflog. The log contains
a record about how the tip of a reference was changed.
Cannot be combined with --reverse.
See also gitlink:git-reflog[1].
Print out the ref names of any commits that are shown.
Without this flag, "git log -p <paths>..." shows commits that
touch the specified paths, and diffs about the same specified
paths. With this, the full diff is shown for commits that touch
the specified paths; this means that "<paths>..." limits only
commits, and doesn't limit diff for those commits.
Continue listing the history of a file beyond renames.
Before the log message print out its size in bytes. Intended
mainly for porcelain tools consumption. If git is unable to
produce a valid value size is set to zero.
Note that only message is considered, if also a diff is shown
its size is not included.
Show only commits that affect the specified paths.
git log --no-merges::
Show the whole commit history, but skip any merges
git log v2.6.12.. include/scsi drivers/scsi::
Show all commits since version 'v2.6.12' that changed any file
in the include/scsi or drivers/scsi subdirectories
git log --since="2 weeks ago" \-- gitk::
Show the changes during the last two weeks to the file 'gitk'.
The "--" is necessary to avoid confusion with the *branch* named
git log --name-status release..test::
Show the commits that are in the "test" branch but not yet
in the "release" branch, along with the list of paths
each commit modifies.
git log --follow builtin-rev-list.c::
Shows the commits that changed builtin-rev-list.c, including
those commits that occurred before the file was given its
present name.
Written by Linus Torvalds <>
Documentation by David Greaves, Junio C Hamano and the git-list <>.
Part of the gitlink:git[7] suite