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git-log - Show commit logs
'git-log' <option>...
Shows the commit logs.
The command takes options applicable to the linkgit:git-rev-list[1]
command to control what is shown and how, and options applicable to
the linkgit:git-diff-tree[1] commands to control how the changes
each commit introduces are shown.
:git-log: 1
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
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 linkgit:git[7] suite