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NAME

git-rev-list - Lists commit objects in reverse chronological order

SYNOPSIS

'git rev-list' [ \--max-count=<number> ]
	     [ \--skip=<number> ]
	     [ \--max-age=<timestamp> ]
	     [ \--min-age=<timestamp> ]
	     [ \--sparse ]
	     [ \--merges ]
	     [ \--no-merges ]
	     [ \--min-parents=<number> ]
	     [ \--no-min-parents ]
	     [ \--max-parents=<number> ]
	     [ \--no-max-parents ]
	     [ \--first-parent ]
	     [ \--remove-empty ]
	     [ \--full-history ]
	     [ \--not ]
	     [ \--all ]
	     [ \--branches[=<pattern>] ]
	     [ \--tags[=<pattern>] ]
	     [ \--remotes[=<pattern>] ]
	     [ \--glob=<glob-pattern> ]
	     [ \--ignore-missing ]
	     [ \--stdin ]
	     [ \--quiet ]
	     [ \--topo-order ]
	     [ \--parents ]
	     [ \--timestamp ]
	     [ \--left-right ]
	     [ \--left-only ]
	     [ \--right-only ]
	     [ \--cherry-mark ]
	     [ \--cherry-pick ]
	     [ \--encoding=<encoding> ]
	     [ \--(author|committer|grep)=<pattern> ]
	     [ \--regexp-ignore-case | -i ]
	     [ \--extended-regexp | -E ]
	     [ \--fixed-strings | -F ]
	     [ \--date=(local|relative|default|iso|rfc|short) ]
	     [ [\--objects | \--objects-edge] [ \--unpacked ] ]
	     [ \--pretty | \--header ]
	     [ \--bisect ]
	     [ \--bisect-vars ]
	     [ \--bisect-all ]
	     [ \--merge ]
	     [ \--reverse ]
	     [ \--walk-reflogs ]
	     [ \--no-walk ] [ \--do-walk ]
	     [ \--use-bitmap-index ]
	     <commit>... [ \-- <paths>... ]

DESCRIPTION

List commits that are reachable by following the parent links from the given commit(s), but exclude commits that are reachable from the one(s) given with a ^ in front of them. The output is given in reverse chronological order by default.

You can think of this as a set operation. Commits given on the command line form a set of commits that are reachable from any of them, and then commits reachable from any of the ones given with ^ in front are subtracted from that set. The remaining commits are what comes out in the command’s output. Various other options and paths parameters can be used to further limit the result.

Thus, the following command:

	$ git rev-list foo bar ^baz

means "list all the commits which are reachable from foo or bar, but not from baz".

A special notation "<commit1>..<commit2>" can be used as a short-hand for "^'<commit1>' <commit2>". For example, either of the following may be used interchangeably:

	$ git rev-list origin..HEAD
	$ git rev-list HEAD ^origin

Another special notation is "<commit1><commit2>" which is useful for merges. The resulting set of commits is the symmetric difference between the two operands. The following two commands are equivalent:

	$ git rev-list A B --not $(git merge-base --all A B)
	$ git rev-list A...B

rev-list is a very essential Git command, since it provides the ability to build and traverse commit ancestry graphs. For this reason, it has a lot of different options that enables it to be used by commands as different as git bisect and git repack.

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