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git-log - Show commit logs


git log [<options>] [<since>..<until>] [[\--] <path>…​]


Shows the commit logs.

The command takes options applicable to the git rev-list command to control what is shown and how, and options applicable to the git diff-* commands to control how the changes each commit introduces are shown.



Limits the number of commits to show. Note that this is a commit limiting option, see below.


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 gitrevisions[7].


Continue listing the history of a file beyond renames (works only for a single file).


Print out the ref names of any commits that are shown. If short is specified, the ref name prefixes refs/heads/, refs/tags/ and refs/remotes/ will not be printed. If full is specified, the full ref name (including prefix) will be printed. The default option is short.


Print out the ref name given on the command line by which each commit was reached.


Without this flag, "git log -p <path>…​" 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 "<path>…​" limits only commits, and doesn’t limit diff for those commits.

Note that this affects all diff-based output types, e.g. those produced by --stat etc.


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.

[\--] <path>…​

Show only commits that affect any of the specified paths. To prevent confusion with options and branch names, paths may need to be prefixed with "-- " to separate them from options or refnames.

Commit Limiting

Besides specifying a range of commits that should be listed using the special notations explained in the description, additional commit limiting may be applied. Note that they are applied before commit ordering and formatting options, such as --reverse.

-n number

Limit the number of commits to output.


Skip number commits before starting to show the commit output.


Show commits more recent than a specific date.


Show commits older than a specific date.


Limit the commits output to ones with author/committer header lines that match the specified pattern (regular expression).


Limit the commits output to ones with log message that matches the specified pattern (regular expression).


Limit the commits output to ones that match all given --grep, --author and --committer instead of ones that match at least one.


Match the regexp limiting patterns without regard to letters case.


Consider the limiting patterns to be extended regular expressions instead of the default basic regular expressions.


Consider the limiting patterns to be fixed strings (don’t interpret pattern as a regular expression).


Stop when a given path disappears from the tree.


Print only merge commits. This is exactly the same as --min-parents=2.


Do not print commits with more than one parent. This is exactly the same as --max-parents=1.


Show only commits which have at least (or at most) that many commits. In particular, --max-parents=1 is the same as --no-merges, --min-parents=2 is the same as --merges. --max-parents=0 gives all root commits and --min-parents=3 all octopus merges.

--no-min-parents and --no-max-parents reset these limits (to no limit) again. Equivalent forms are --min-parents=0 (any commit has 0 or more parents) and --max-parents=-1 (negative numbers denote no upper limit).


Follow only the first parent commit upon seeing a merge commit. This option can give a better overview when viewing the evolution of a particular topic branch, because merges into a topic branch tend to be only about adjusting to updated upstream from time to time, and this option allows you to ignore the individual commits brought in to your history by such a merge.


Reverses the meaning of the ^ prefix (or lack thereof) for all following revision specifiers, up to the next --not.


Pretend as if all the refs in refs/ are listed on the command line as <commit>.


Pretend as if all the refs in refs/heads are listed on the command line as <commit>. If <pattern> is given, limit branches to ones matching given shell glob. If pattern lacks ?, , or [, / at the end is implied.


Pretend as if all the refs in refs/tags are listed on the command line as <commit>. If <pattern> is given, limit tags to ones matching given shell glob. If pattern lacks ?, , or [, / at the end is implied.


Pretend as if all the refs in refs/remotes are listed on the command line as <commit>. If <pattern> is given, limit remote-tracking branches to ones matching given shell glob. If pattern lacks ?, , or [, / at the end is implied.


Pretend as if all the refs matching shell glob <glob-pattern> are listed on the command line as <commit>. Leading refs/, is automatically prepended if missing. If pattern lacks ?, , or [, / at the end is implied.


Pretend as if the bad bisection ref refs/bisect/bad was listed and as if it was followed by --not and the good bisection refs refs/bisect/good-* on the command line.


In addition to the <commit> listed on the command line, read them from the standard input. If a -- separator is seen, stop reading commits and start reading paths to limit the result.


Like --cherry-pick (see below) but mark equivalent commits with = rather than omitting them, and inequivalent ones with +.


Omit any commit that introduces the same change as another commit on the "other side" when the set of commits are limited with symmetric difference.

For example, if you have two branches, A and B, a usual way to list all commits on only one side of them is with --left-right (see the example below in the description of the --left-right option). It however shows the commits that were cherry-picked from the other branch (for example, "3rd on b" may be cherry-picked from branch A). With this option, such pairs of commits are excluded from the output.


List only commits on the respective side of a symmetric range, i.e. only those which would be marked < resp. > by --left-right.

For example, --cherry-pick --right-only A...B omits those commits from B which are in A or are patch-equivalent to a commit in A. In other words, this lists the {plus} commits from git cherry A B. More precisely, --cherry-pick --right-only --no-merges gives the exact list.


A synonym for --right-only --cherry-mark --no-merges; useful to limit the output to the commits on our side and mark those that have been applied to the other side of a forked history with git log --cherry upstream...mybranch, similar to git cherry upstream mybranch.


Instead of walking the commit ancestry chain, walk reflog entries from the most recent one to older ones. When this option is used you cannot specify commits to exclude (that is, ^commit, commit1..commit2, nor commit1...commit2 notations cannot be used).

With \--pretty format other than oneline (for obvious reasons), this causes the output to have two extra lines of information taken from the reflog. By default, commit@{Nth} notation is used in the output. When the starting commit is specified as commit@{now}, output also uses commit@{timestamp} notation instead. Under \--pretty=oneline, the commit message is prefixed with this information on the same line. This option cannot be combined with \--reverse. See also git-reflog[1].


After a failed merge, show refs that touch files having a conflict and don’t exist on all heads to merge.


Output uninteresting commits at the boundary, which are usually not shown.

History Simplification

Sometimes you are only interested in parts of the history, for example the commits modifying a particular <path>. But there are two parts of History Simplification, one part is selecting the commits and the other is how to do it, as there are various strategies to simplify the history.

The following options select the commits to be shown:


Commits modifying the given <paths> are selected.


Commits that are referred by some branch or tag are selected.

Note that extra commits can be shown to give a meaningful history.

The following options affect the way the simplification is performed:

Default mode

Simplifies the history to the simplest history explaining the final state of the tree. Simplest because it prunes some side branches if the end result is the same (i.e. merging branches with the same content)


As the default mode but does not prune some history.


Only the selected commits are shown, plus some to have a meaningful history.


All commits in the simplified history are shown.


Additional option to --full-history to remove some needless merges from the resulting history, as there are no selected commits contributing to this merge.


When given a range of commits to display (e.g. commit1..commit2 or commit2 ^commit1), only display commits that exist directly on the ancestry chain between the commit1 and commit2, i.e. commits that are both descendants of commit1, and ancestors of commit2.

A more detailed explanation follows.

Suppose you specified foo as the <paths>. We shall call commits that modify foo !TREESAME, and the rest TREESAME. (In a diff filtered for foo, they look different and equal, respectively.)

In the following, we will always refer to the same example history to illustrate the differences between simplification settings. We assume that you are filtering for a file foo in this commit graph:

	 /     /   /   /   /
	I     B   C   D   E
	 \   /   /   /   /

The horizontal line of history A—​P is taken to be the first parent of each merge. The commits are:

  • I is the initial commit, in which foo exists with contents "asdf", and a file quux exists with contents "quux". Initial commits are compared to an empty tree, so I is !TREESAME.

  • In A, foo contains just "foo".

  • B contains the same change as A. Its merge M is trivial and hence TREESAME to all parents.

  • C does not change foo, but its merge N changes it to "foobar", so it is not TREESAME to any parent.

  • D sets foo to "baz". Its merge O combines the strings from N and D to "foobarbaz"; i.e., it is not TREESAME to any parent.

  • E changes quux to "xyzzy", and its merge P combines the strings to "quux xyzzy". Despite appearing interesting, P is TREESAME to all parents.

rev-list walks backwards through history, including or excluding commits based on whether \--full-history and/or parent rewriting (via \--parents or \--children) are used. The following settings are available.

Default mode

Commits are included if they are not TREESAME to any parent (though this can be changed, see \--sparse below). If the commit was a merge, and it was TREESAME to one parent, follow only that parent. (Even if there are several TREESAME parents, follow only one of them.) Otherwise, follow all parents.

This results in:

	 /     /   /

Note how the rule to only follow the TREESAME parent, if one is available, removed B from consideration entirely. C was considered via N, but is TREESAME. Root commits are compared to an empty tree, so I is !TREESAME.

Parent/child relations are only visible with --parents, but that does not affect the commits selected in default mode, so we have shown the parent lines.

--full-history without parent rewriting

This mode differs from the default in one point: always follow all parents of a merge, even if it is TREESAME to one of them. Even if more than one side of the merge has commits that are included, this does not imply that the merge itself is! In the example, we get

	I  A  B  N  D  O

P and M were excluded because they are TREESAME to a parent. E, C and B were all walked, but only B was !TREESAME, so the others do not appear.

Note that without parent rewriting, it is not really possible to talk about the parent/child relationships between the commits, so we show them disconnected.

--full-history with parent rewriting

Ordinary commits are only included if they are !TREESAME (though this can be changed, see \--sparse below).

Merges are always included. However, their parent list is rewritten: Along each parent, prune away commits that are not included themselves. This results in

	 /     /   /   /   /
	I     B   /   D   /
	 \   /   /   /   /

Compare to \--full-history without rewriting above. Note that E was pruned away because it is TREESAME, but the parent list of P was rewritten to contain E's parent I. The same happened for C and N. Note also that P was included despite being TREESAME.

In addition to the above settings, you can change whether TREESAME affects inclusion:


Commits that are walked are included if they are not TREESAME to any parent.


All commits that are walked are included.

Note that without \--full-history, this still simplifies merges: if one of the parents is TREESAME, we follow only that one, so the other sides of the merge are never walked.


First, build a history graph in the same way that \--full-history with parent rewriting does (see above).

Then simplify each commit C to its replacement C' in the final history according to the following rules:

  • Set C' to C.

  • Replace each parent P of C' with its simplification P'. In the process, drop parents that are ancestors of other parents, and remove duplicates.

  • If after this parent rewriting, C' is a root or merge commit (has zero or >1 parents), a boundary commit, or !TREESAME, it remains. Otherwise, it is replaced with its only parent.

The effect of this is best shown by way of comparing to \--full-history with parent rewriting. The example turns into:

	 /     /       /
	I     B       D
	 \   /       /

Note the major differences in N and P over \--full-history:

  • N's parent list had I removed, because it is an ancestor of the other parent M. Still, N remained because it is !TREESAME.

  • P's parent list similarly had I removed. P was then removed completely, because it had one parent and is TREESAME.

Finally, there is a fifth simplification mode available:


Limit the displayed commits to those directly on the ancestry chain between the "from" and "to" commits in the given commit range. I.e. only display commits that are ancestor of the "to" commit, and descendants of the "from" commit.

As an example use case, consider the following commit history:

	   /     \       \
	 /                     \

A regular D..M computes the set of commits that are ancestors of M, but excludes the ones that are ancestors of D. This is useful to see what happened to the history leading to M since D, in the sense that "what does M have that did not exist in D". The result in this example would be all the commits, except A and B (and D itself, of course).

When we want to find out what commits in M are contaminated with the bug introduced by D and need fixing, however, we might want to view only the subset of D..M that are actually descendants of D, i.e. excluding C and K. This is exactly what the \--ancestry-path option does. Applied to the D..M range, it results in:

		 \       \

The \--simplify-by-decoration option allows you to view only the big picture of the topology of the history, by omitting commits that are not referenced by tags. Commits are marked as !TREESAME (in other words, kept after history simplification rules described above) if (1) they are referenced by tags, or (2) they change the contents of the paths given on the command line. All other commits are marked as TREESAME (subject to be simplified away).

Commit Ordering

By default, the commits are shown in reverse chronological order.


This option makes them appear in topological order (i.e. descendant commits are shown before their parents).


This option is similar to --topo-order in the sense that no parent comes before all of its children, but otherwise things are still ordered in the commit timestamp order.


Output the commits in reverse order. Cannot be combined with \--walk-reflogs.

Object Traversal

These options are mostly targeted for packing of git repositories.


Print the object IDs of any object referenced by the listed commits. --objects foo ^bar thus means "send me all object IDs which I need to download if I have the commit object bar, but not foo".


Similar to --objects, but also print the IDs of excluded commits prefixed with a "-" character. This is used by git-pack-objects[1] to build "thin" pack, which records objects in deltified form based on objects contained in these excluded commits to reduce network traffic.


Only useful with --objects; print the object IDs that are not in packs.


Only show the given revs, but do not traverse their ancestors.


Overrides a previous --no-walk.

Commit Formatting


Pretty-print the contents of the commit logs in a given format, where <format> can be one of oneline, short, medium, full, fuller, email, raw and format:<string>. See the "PRETTY FORMATS" section for some additional details for each format. When omitted, the format defaults to medium.

Note: you can specify the default pretty format in the repository configuration (see git-config[1]).


Instead of showing the full 40-byte hexadecimal commit object name, show only a partial prefix. Non default number of digits can be specified with "--abbrev=<n>" (which also modifies diff output, if it is displayed).

This should make "--pretty=oneline" a whole lot more readable for people using 80-column terminals.


This is a shorthand for "--pretty=oneline --abbrev-commit" used together.


The commit objects record the encoding used for the log message in their encoding header; this option can be used to tell the command to re-code the commit log message in the encoding preferred by the user. For non plumbing commands this defaults to UTF-8.


Show the notes (see git-notes[1]) that annotate the commit, when showing the commit log message. This is the default for git log, git show and git whatchanged commands when there is no --pretty, --format nor --oneline option is given on the command line.

With an optional argument, add this ref to the list of notes. The ref is taken to be in refs/notes/ if it is not qualified.


Enable or disable populating the notes ref list from the core.notesRef and notes.displayRef variables (or corresponding environment overrides). Enabled by default. See git-config[1].


Synonym for --date=relative.


Only takes effect for dates shown in human-readable format, such as when using "--pretty". config variable sets a default value for log command’s --date option.

--date=relative shows dates relative to the current time, e.g. "2 hours ago".

--date=local shows timestamps in user’s local timezone.

--date=iso (or --date=iso8601) shows timestamps in ISO 8601 format.

--date=rfc (or --date=rfc2822) shows timestamps in RFC 2822 format, often found in E-mail messages.

--date=short shows only date but not time, in YYYY-MM-DD format.

--date=raw shows the date in the internal raw git format %s %z format.

--date=default shows timestamps in the original timezone (either committer’s or author’s).


Print also the parents of the commit (in the form "commit parent…​"). Also enables parent rewriting, see History Simplification below.


Print also the children of the commit (in the form "commit child…​"). Also enables parent rewriting, see History Simplification below.


Mark which side of a symmetric diff a commit is reachable from. Commits from the left side are prefixed with < and those from the right with >. If combined with --boundary, those commits are prefixed with -.

For example, if you have this topology:

	     y---b---b  branch B
	    / \ /
	   /   .
	  /   / \
	 o---x---a---a  branch A

you would get an output like this:

	$ git rev-list --left-right --boundary --pretty=oneline A...B

	>bbbbbbb... 3rd on b
	>bbbbbbb... 2nd on b
	<aaaaaaa... 3rd on a
	<aaaaaaa... 2nd on a
	-yyyyyyy... 1st on b
	-xxxxxxx... 1st on a

Draw a text-based graphical representation of the commit history on the left hand side of the output. This may cause extra lines to be printed in between commits, in order for the graph history to be drawn properly.

This enables parent rewriting, see History Simplification below.

This implies the --topo-order option by default, but the --date-order option may also be specified.

Diff Formatting

Below are listed options that control the formatting of diff output. Some of them are specific to git-rev-list[1], however other diff options may be given. See git-diff-files[1] for more options.


With this option, diff output for a merge commit shows the differences from each of the parents to the merge result simultaneously instead of showing pairwise diff between a parent and the result one at a time. Furthermore, it lists only files which were modified from all parents.


This flag implies the -c options and further compresses the patch output by omitting uninteresting hunks whose contents in the parents have only two variants and the merge result picks one of them without modification.


This flag makes the merge commits show the full diff like regular commits; for each merge parent, a separate log entry and diff is generated. An exception is that only diff against the first parent is shown when --first-parent option is given; in that case, the output represents the changes the merge brought into the then-current branch.


Show recursive diffs.


Show the tree objects in the diff output. This implies -r.


Suppress diff output.


If the commit is a merge, and if the pretty-format is not oneline, email or raw, an additional line is inserted before the Author: line. This line begins with "Merge: " and the sha1s of ancestral commits are printed, separated by spaces. Note that the listed commits may not necessarily be the list of the direct parent commits if you have limited your view of history: for example, if you are only interested in changes related to a certain directory or file.

There are several built-in formats, and you can define additional formats by setting a pretty.<name> config option to either another format name, or a format: string, as described below (see git-config[1]). Here are the details of the built-in formats:

  • oneline

    <sha1> <title line>

    This is designed to be as compact as possible.

  • short

    commit <sha1>
    Author: <author>
    <title line>
  • medium

    commit <sha1>
    Author: <author>
    Date:   <author date>
    <title line>
    <full commit message>
  • full

    commit <sha1>
    Author: <author>
    Commit: <committer>
    <title line>
    <full commit message>
  • fuller

    commit <sha1>
    Author:     <author>
    AuthorDate: <author date>
    Commit:     <committer>
    CommitDate: <committer date>
    <title line>
    <full commit message>
  • email

    From <sha1> <date>
    From: <author>
    Date: <author date>
    Subject: [PATCH] <title line>
    <full commit message>
  • raw

    The raw format shows the entire commit exactly as stored in the commit object. Notably, the SHA1s are displayed in full, regardless of whether --abbrev or --no-abbrev are used, and parents information show the true parent commits, without taking grafts nor history simplification into account.

  • format:<string>

    The format:<string> format allows you to specify which information you want to show. It works a little bit like printf format, with the notable exception that you get a newline with %n instead of \n.

    E.g, format:"The author of %h was %an, %ar%nThe title was >>%s<<%n" would show something like this:

    The author of fe6e0ee was Junio C Hamano, 23 hours ago
    The title was >>t4119: test autocomputing -p<n> for traditional diff input.<<
    The placeholders are:
    - '%H': commit hash
    - '%h': abbreviated commit hash
    - '%T': tree hash
    - '%t': abbreviated tree hash
    - '%P': parent hashes
    - '%p': abbreviated parent hashes
    - '%an': author name
    - '%aN': author name (respecting .mailmap, see git-shortlog[1] or git-blame[1])
    - '%ae': author email
    - '%aE': author email (respecting .mailmap, see git-shortlog[1] or git-blame[1])
    - '%ad': author date (format respects --date= option)
    - '%aD': author date, RFC2822 style
    - '%ar': author date, relative
    - '%at': author date, UNIX timestamp
    - '%ai': author date, ISO 8601 format
    - '%cn': committer name
    - '%cN': committer name (respecting .mailmap, see git-shortlog[1] or git-blame[1])
    - '%ce': committer email
    - '%cE': committer email (respecting .mailmap, see git-shortlog[1] or git-blame[1])
    - '%cd': committer date
    - '%cD': committer date, RFC2822 style
    - '%cr': committer date, relative
    - '%ct': committer date, UNIX timestamp
    - '%ci': committer date, ISO 8601 format
    - '%d': ref names, like the --decorate option of git-log[1]
    - '%e': encoding
    - '%s': subject
    - '%f': sanitized subject line, suitable for a filename
    - '%b': body
    - '%B': raw body (unwrapped subject and body)
    - '%N': commit notes
    - '%gD': reflog selector, e.g., `refs/stash@\{1\}`
    - '%gd': shortened reflog selector, e.g., `stash@\{1\}`
    - '%gs': reflog subject
    - '%Cred': switch color to red
    - '%Cgreen': switch color to green
    - '%Cblue': switch color to blue
    - '%Creset': reset color
    - '%C(...)': color specification, as described in color.branch.* config option
    - '%m': left, right or boundary mark
    - '%n': newline
    - '%%': a raw '%'
    - '%x00': print a byte from a hex code
    - '%w([<w>[,<i1>[,<i2>]]])': switch line wrapping, like the -w option of
    NOTE: Some placeholders may depend on other options given to the
    revision traversal engine. For example, the `%g*` reflog options will
    insert an empty string unless we are traversing reflog entries (e.g., by
    `git log -g`). The `%d` placeholder will use the "short" decoration
    format if `--decorate` was not already provided on the command line.
    If you add a `{plus}` (plus sign) after '%' of a placeholder, a line-feed
    is inserted immediately before the expansion if and only if the
    placeholder expands to a non-empty string.
    If you add a `-` (minus sign) after '%' of a placeholder, line-feeds that
    immediately precede the expansion are deleted if and only if the
    placeholder expands to an empty string.
    If you add a ` ` (space) after '%' of a placeholder, a space
    is inserted immediately before the expansion if and only if the
    placeholder expands to a non-empty string.
    * 'tformat:'
    The 'tformat:' format works exactly like 'format:', except that it
    provides "terminator" semantics instead of "separator" semantics. In
    other words, each commit has the message terminator character (usually a
    newline) appended, rather than a separator placed between entries.
    This means that the final entry of a single-line format will be properly
    terminated with a new line, just as the "oneline" format does.
    For example:
    $ git log -2 --pretty=format:%h 4da45bef \
      | perl -pe '$_ .= " -- NO NEWLINE\n" unless /\n/'
    7134973 -- NO NEWLINE
    $ git log -2 --pretty=tformat:%h 4da45bef \
      | perl -pe '$_ .= " -- NO NEWLINE\n" unless /\n/'
    In addition, any unrecognized string that has a `%` in it is interpreted
    as if it has `tformat:` in front of it.  For example, these two are
    $ git log -2 --pretty=tformat:%h 4da45bef
    $ git log -2 --pretty=%h 4da45bef
    Common diff options
    :git-log: 1
    // Please don't remove this comment as asciidoc behaves badly when
    // the first non-empty line is ifdef/ifndef. The symptom is that
    // without this comment the <git-diff-core> attribute conditionally
    // defined below ends up being defined unconditionally.
    // Last checked with asciidoc 7.0.2.
    :git-diff-core: 1
    	Generate patch (see section on generating patches).
    	{git-diff? This is the default.}
    	Generate diffs with <n> lines of context instead of
    	the usual three.
    	Implies `-p`.
    	Generate the raw format.
    	{git-diff-core? This is the default.}
    	Synonym for `-p --raw`.
    	Generate a diff using the "patience diff" algorithm.
    	Generate a diffstat.  You can override the default
    	output width for 80-column terminal by `--stat=<width>`.
    	The width of the filename part can be controlled by
    	giving another width to it separated by a comma.
    	Similar to `\--stat`, but shows number of added and
    	deleted lines in decimal notation and pathname without
    	abbreviation, to make it more machine friendly.  For
    	binary files, outputs two `-` instead of saying
    	`0 0`.
    	Output only the last line of the `--stat` format containing total
    	number of modified files, as well as number of added and deleted
    	Output the distribution of relative amount of changes (number of lines added or
    	removed) for each sub-directory. Directories with changes below
    	a cut-off percent (3% by default) are not shown. The cut-off percent
    	can be set with `--dirstat=<limit>`. Changes in a child directory are not
    	counted for the parent directory, unless `--cumulative` is used.
    	Same as `--dirstat`, but counts changed files instead of lines.
    	Output a condensed summary of extended header information
    	such as creations, renames and mode changes.
    	Synonym for `-p --stat`.
    	When `--raw`, `--numstat`, `--name-only` or `--name-status` has been
    	given, do not munge pathnames and use NULs as output field terminators.
    Without this option, each pathname output will have TAB, LF, double quotes,
    and backslash characters replaced with `\t`, `\n`, `\"`, and `\\`,
    respectively, and the pathname will be enclosed in double quotes if
    any of those replacements occurred.
    	Show only names of changed files.
    	Show only names and status of changed files. See the description
    	of the `--diff-filter` option on what the status letters mean.
    	Chose the output format for submodule differences. <format> can be one of
    	'short' and 'log'. 'short' just shows pairs of commit names, this format
    	is used when this option is not given. 'log' is the default value for this
    	option and lists the commits in that commit range like the 'summary'
    	option of git-submodule[1] does.
    	Show colored diff.
    	The value must be always (the default), never, or auto.
    	Turn off colored diff, even when the configuration file
    	gives the default to color output.
    	Same as `--color=never`.
    	Show a word diff, using the <mode> to delimit changed words.
    	By default, words are delimited by whitespace; see
    	`--word-diff-regex` below.  The <mode> defaults to 'plain', and
    	must be one of:
    	Highlight changed words using only colors.  Implies `--color`.
    	Show words as `[-removed-]` and `{+added+}`.  Makes no
    	attempts to escape the delimiters if they appear in the input,
    	so the output may be ambiguous.
    	Use a special line-based format intended for script
    	consumption.  Added/removed/unchanged runs are printed in the
    	usual unified diff format, starting with a `+`/`-`/` `
    	character at the beginning of the line and extending to the
    	end of the line.  Newlines in the input are represented by a
    	tilde `~` on a line of its own.
    	Disable word diff again.
    Note that despite the name of the first mode, color is used to
    highlight the changed parts in all modes if enabled.
    	Use <regex> to decide what a word is, instead of considering
    	runs of non-whitespace to be a word.  Also implies
    	`--word-diff` unless it was already enabled.
    Every non-overlapping match of the
    <regex> is considered a word.  Anything between these matches is
    considered whitespace and ignored(!) for the purposes of finding
    differences.  You may want to append `|[^[:space:]]` to your regular
    expression to make sure that it matches all non-whitespace characters.
    A match that contains a newline is silently truncated(!) at the
    The regex can also be set via a diff driver or configuration option, see
    gitattributes[1] or git-config[1].  Giving it explicitly
    overrides any diff driver or configuration setting.  Diff drivers
    override configuration settings.
    	Equivalent to `--word-diff=color` plus (if a regex was
    	specified) `--word-diff-regex=<regex>`.
    	Turn off rename detection, even when the configuration
    	file gives the default to do so.
    	Warn if changes introduce trailing whitespace
    	or an indent that uses a space before a tab. Exits with
    	non-zero status if problems are found. Not compatible with
    	Instead of the first handful of characters, show the full
    	pre- and post-image blob object names on the "index"
    	line when generating patch format output.
    	In addition to `--full-index`, output a binary diff that
    	can be applied with `git-apply`.
    	Instead of showing the full 40-byte hexadecimal object
    	name in diff-raw format output and diff-tree header
    	lines, show only a partial prefix.  This is
    	independent of the `--full-index` option above, which controls
    	the diff-patch output format.  Non default number of
    	digits can be specified with `--abbrev=<n>`.
    	Break complete rewrite changes into pairs of delete and
    	create. This serves two purposes:
    It affects the way a change that amounts to a total rewrite of a file
    not as a series of deletion and insertion mixed together with a very
    few lines that happen to match textually as the context, but as a
    single deletion of everything old followed by a single insertion of
    everything new, and the number `m` controls this aspect of the -B
    option (defaults to 60%). `-B/70%` specifies that less than 30% of the
    original should remain in the result for git to consider it a total
    rewrite (i.e. otherwise the resulting patch will be a series of
    deletion and insertion mixed together with context lines).
    When used with -M, a totally-rewritten file is also considered as the
    source of a rename (usually -M only considers a file that disappeared
    as the source of a rename), and the number `n` controls this aspect of
    the -B option (defaults to 50%). `-B20%` specifies that a change with
    addition and deletion compared to 20% or more of the file's size are
    eligible for being picked up as a possible source of a rename to
    another file.
    	Detect renames.
    	If `n` is specified, it is a is a threshold on the similarity
    	index (i.e. amount of addition/deletions compared to the
    	file's size). For example, `-M90%` means git should consider a
    	delete/add pair to be a rename if more than 90% of the file
    	hasn't changed.
    	Detect copies as well as renames.  See also `--find-copies-harder`.
    	If `n` is specified, it has the same meaning as for `-M<n>`.
    	For performance reasons, by default, `-C` option finds copies only
    	if the original file of the copy was modified in the same
    	changeset.  This flag makes the command
    	inspect unmodified files as candidates for the source of
    	copy.  This is a very expensive operation for large
    	projects, so use it with caution.  Giving more than one
    	`-C` option has the same effect.
    	The `-M` and `-C` options require O(n^2) processing time where n
    	is the number of potential rename/copy targets.  This
    	option prevents rename/copy detection from running if
    	the number of rename/copy targets exceeds the specified
    	Select only files that are Added (`A`), Copied (`C`),
    	Deleted (`D`), Modified (`M`), Renamed (`R`), have their
    	type (i.e. regular file, symlink, submodule, ...) changed (`T`),
    	are Unmerged (`U`), are
    	Unknown (`X`), or have had their pairing Broken (`B`).
    	Any combination of the filter characters (including none) can be used.
    	When `*` (All-or-none) is added to the combination, all
    	paths are selected if there is any file that matches
    	other criteria in the comparison; if there is no file
    	that matches other criteria, nothing is selected.
    	Look for differences that introduce or remove an instance of
    	<string>. Note that this is different than the string simply
    	appearing in diff output; see the 'pickaxe' entry in
    	gitdiffcore[7] for more details.
    	Look for differences whose added or removed line matches
    	the given <regex>.
    	When `-S` or `-G` finds a change, show all the changes in that
    	changeset, not just the files that contain the change
    	in <string>.
    	Make the <string> not a plain string but an extended POSIX
    	regex to match.
    	Output the patch in the order specified in the
    	<orderfile>, which has one shell glob pattern per line.
    	Swap two inputs; that is, show differences from index or
    	on-disk file to tree contents.
    	When run from a subdirectory of the project, it can be
    	told to exclude changes outside the directory and show
    	pathnames relative to it with this option.  When you are
    	not in a subdirectory (e.g. in a bare repository), you
    	can name which subdirectory to make the output relative
    	to by giving a <path> as an argument.
    	Treat all files as text.
    	Ignore changes in whitespace at EOL.
    	Ignore changes in amount of whitespace.  This ignores whitespace
    	at line end, and considers all other sequences of one or
    	more whitespace characters to be equivalent.
    	Ignore whitespace when comparing lines.  This ignores
    	differences even if one line has whitespace where the other
    	line has none.
    	Show the context between diff hunks, up to the specified number
    	of lines, thereby fusing hunks that are close to each other.
    	Make the program exit with codes similar to diff(1).
    	That is, it exits with 1 if there were differences and
    	0 means no differences.
    	Disable all output of the program. Implies `--exit-code`.
    	Allow an external diff helper to be executed. If you set an
    	external diff driver with gitattributes[5], you need
    	to use this option with git-log[1] and friends.
    	Disallow external diff drivers.
    	Ignore changes to submodules in the diff generation. <when> can be
    	either "none", "untracked", "dirty" or "all", which is the default
    	Using "none" will consider the submodule modified when it either contains
    	untracked or modified files or its HEAD differs from the commit recorded
    	in the superproject and can be used to override any settings of the
    	'ignore' option in git-config[1] or gitmodules[5]. When
    	"untracked" is used submodules are not considered dirty when they only
    	contain untracked content (but they are still scanned for modified
    	content). Using "dirty" ignores all changes to the work tree of submodules,
    	only changes to the commits stored in the superproject are shown (this was
    	the behavior until 1.7.0). Using "all" hides all changes to submodules.
    	Show the given source prefix instead of "a/".
    	Show the given destination prefix instead of "b/".
    	Do not show any source or destination prefix.
    For more detailed explanation on these common options, see also
    Generating patches with -p
    When "git-diff-index", "git-diff-tree", or "git-diff-files" are run
    with a '-p' option, "git diff" without the '--raw' option, or
    "git log" with the "-p" option, they
    do not produce the output described above; instead they produce a
    patch file.  You can customize the creation of such patches via the
    GIT_EXTERNAL_DIFF and the GIT_DIFF_OPTS environment variables.
    What the -p option produces is slightly different from the traditional
    diff format:
    1.   It is preceded with a "git diff" header that looks like this:
           diff --git a/file1 b/file2
    The `a/` and `b/` filenames are the same unless rename/copy is
    involved.  Especially, even for a creation or a deletion,
    `/dev/null` is _not_ used in place of the `a/` or `b/` filenames.
    When rename/copy is involved, `file1` and `file2` show the
    name of the source file of the rename/copy and the name of
    the file that rename/copy produces, respectively.
    2.   It is followed by one or more extended header lines:
           old mode <mode>
           new mode <mode>
           deleted file mode <mode>
           new file mode <mode>
           copy from <path>
           copy to <path>
           rename from <path>
           rename to <path>
           similarity index <number>
           dissimilarity index <number>
           index <hash>..<hash> <mode>
    File modes are printed as 6-digit octal numbers including the file type
    and file permission bits.
    Path names in extended headers do not include the `a/` and `b/` prefixes.
    The similarity index is the percentage of unchanged lines, and
    the dissimilarity index is the percentage of changed lines.  It
    is a rounded down integer, followed by a percent sign.  The
    similarity index value of 100% is thus reserved for two equal
    files, while 100% dissimilarity means that no line from the old
    file made it into the new one.
    The index line includes the SHA-1 checksum before and after the change.
    The <mode> is included if the file mode does not change; otherwise,
    separate lines indicate the old and the new mode.
    3.  TAB, LF, double quote and backslash characters in pathnames
        are represented as `\t`, `\n`, `\"` and `\\`, respectively.
        If there is need for such substitution then the whole
        pathname is put in double quotes.
    4.  All the `file1` files in the output refer to files before the
        commit, and all the `file2` files refer to files after the commit.
        It is incorrect to apply each change to each file sequentially.  For
        example, this patch will swap a and b:
          diff --git a/a b/b
          rename from a
          rename to b
          diff --git a/b b/a
          rename from b
          rename to a
    combined diff format
    Any diff-generating command can take the `-c` or `--cc` option to
    produce a 'combined diff' when showing a merge. This is the default
    format when showing merges with git-diff[1] or
    git-show[1]. Note also that you can give the `-m' option to any
    of these commands to force generation of diffs with individual parents
    of a merge.
    A 'combined diff' format looks like this:
    diff --combined describe.c
    index fabadb8,cc95eb0..4866510
    --- a/describe.c
    +++ b/describe.c
    @@@ -98,20 -98,12 +98,20 @@@
    	return (a_date > b_date) ? -1 : (a_date == b_date) ? 0 : 1;
    - static void describe(char *arg)
     -static void describe(struct commit *cmit, int last_one)
    ++static void describe(char *arg, int last_one)
     +	unsigned char sha1[20];
     +	struct commit *cmit;
    	struct commit_list *list;
    	static int initialized = 0;
    	struct commit_name *n;
     +	if (get_sha1(arg, sha1) < 0)
     +		usage(describe_usage);
     +	cmit = lookup_commit_reference(sha1);
     +	if (!cmit)
     +		usage(describe_usage);
    	if (!initialized) {
    		initialized = 1;
    1.   It is preceded with a "git diff" header, that looks like
         this (when '-c' option is used):
           diff --combined file
    or like this (when '--cc' option is used):
           diff --cc file
    2.   It is followed by one or more extended header lines
         (this example shows a merge with two parents):
           index <hash>,<hash>..<hash>
           mode <mode>,<mode>..<mode>
           new file mode <mode>
           deleted file mode <mode>,<mode>
    The `mode <mode>,<mode>..<mode>` line appears only if at least one of
    the <mode> is different from the rest. Extended headers with
    information about detected contents movement (renames and
    copying detection) are designed to work with diff of two
    <tree-ish> and are not used by combined diff format.
    3.   It is followed by two-line from-file/to-file header
           --- a/file
           +++ b/file
    Similar to two-line header for traditional 'unified' diff
    format, `/dev/null` is used to signal created or deleted
    4.   Chunk header format is modified to prevent people from
         accidentally feeding it to `patch -p1`. Combined diff format
         was created for review of merge commit changes, and was not
         meant for apply. The change is similar to the change in the
         extended 'index' header:
           @@@ <from-file-range> <from-file-range> <to-file-range> @@@
    There are (number of parents + 1) `@` characters in the chunk
    header for combined diff format.
    Unlike the traditional 'unified' diff format, which shows two
    files A and B with a single column that has `-` (minus --
    appears in A but removed in B), `+` (plus -- missing in A but
    added to B), or `" "` (space -- unchanged) prefix, this format
    compares two or more files file1, file2,... with one file X, and
    shows how X differs from each of fileN.  One column for each of
    fileN is prepended to the output line to note how X's line is
    different from it.
    A `-` character in the column N means that the line appears in
    fileN but it does not appear in the result.  A `+` character
    in the column N means that the line appears in the result,
    and fileN does not have that line (in other words, the line was
    added, from the point of view of that parent).
    In the above example output, the function signature was changed
    from both files (hence two `-` removals from both file1 and
    file2, plus `++` to mean one line that was added does not appear
    in either file1 nor file2).  Also eight other lines are the same
    from file1 but do not appear in file2 (hence prefixed with `{plus}`).
    When shown by `git diff-tree -c`, it compares the parents of a
    merge commit with the merge result (i.e. file1..fileN are the
    parents).  When shown by `git diff-files -c`, it compares the
    two unresolved merge parents with the working tree file
    (i.e. file1 is stage 2 aka "our version", file2 is stage 3 aka
    "their version").
    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.
    git log --branches --not --remotes=origin::
    	Shows all commits that are in any of local branches but not in
    	any of remote-tracking branches for 'origin' (what you have that
    	origin doesn't).
    git log master --not --remotes=*/master::
    	Shows all commits that are in local master but not in any remote
    	repository master branches.
    git log -p -m --first-parent::
    	Shows the history including change diffs, but only from the
    	"main branch" perspective, skipping commits that come from merged
    	branches, and showing full diffs of changes introduced by the merges.
    	This makes sense only when following a strict policy of merging all
    	topic branches when staying on a single integration branch.
    At the core level, git is character encoding agnostic.
     - The pathnames recorded in the index and in the tree objects
       are treated as uninterpreted sequences of non-NUL bytes.
       What readdir(2) returns are what are recorded and compared
       with the data git keeps track of, which in turn are expected
       to be what lstat(2) and creat(2) accepts.  There is no such
       thing as pathname encoding translation.
     - The contents of the blob objects are uninterpreted sequences
       of bytes.  There is no encoding translation at the core
     - The commit log messages are uninterpreted sequences of non-NUL
    Although we encourage that the commit log messages are encoded
    in UTF-8, both the core and git Porcelain are designed not to
    force UTF-8 on projects.  If all participants of a particular
    project find it more convenient to use legacy encodings, git
    does not forbid it.  However, there are a few things to keep in
    . 'git commit' and 'git commit-tree' issues
      a warning if the commit log message given to it does not look
      like a valid UTF-8 string, unless you explicitly say your
      project uses a legacy encoding.  The way to say this is to
      have i18n.commitencoding in `.git/config` file, like this:
    	commitencoding = ISO-8859-1
    Commit objects created with the above setting record the value
    of `i18n.commitencoding` in its `encoding` header.  This is to
    help other people who look at them later.  Lack of this header
    implies that the commit log message is encoded in UTF-8.
    . 'git log', 'git show', 'git blame' and friends look at the
      `encoding` header of a commit object, and try to re-code the
      log message into UTF-8 unless otherwise specified.  You can
      specify the desired output encoding with
      `i18n.logoutputencoding` in `.git/config` file, like this:
    	logoutputencoding = ISO-8859-1
    If you do not have this configuration variable, the value of
    `i18n.commitencoding` is used instead.
    Note that we deliberately chose not to re-code the commit log
    message when a commit is made to force UTF-8 at the commit
    object level, because re-coding to UTF-8 is not necessarily a
    reversible operation.
    See git-config[1] for core variables and git-diff[1]
    for settings related to diff generation.
    	Default for the `--format` option.  (See "PRETTY FORMATS" above.)
    	Defaults to "medium".
    	Encoding to use when displaying logs.  (See "Discussion", above.)
    	Defaults to the value of `i18n.commitEncoding` if set, UTF-8
    	Default format for human-readable dates.  (Compare the
    	`--date` option.)  Defaults to "default", which means to write
    	dates like `Sat May 8 19:35:34 2010 -0500`.
    	If `false`, 'git log' and related commands will not treat the
    	initial commit as a big creation event.  Any root commits in
    	`git log -p` output would be shown without a diff attached.
    	The default is `true`.
    	See git-shortlog[1].
    	Which refs, in addition to the default set by `core.notesRef`
    	or 'GIT_NOTES_REF', to read notes from when showing commit
    	messages with the 'log' family of commands.  See
    May be an unabbreviated ref name or a glob and may be specified
    multiple times.  A warning will be issued for refs that do not exist,
    but a glob that does not match any refs is silently ignored.
    This setting can be disabled by the `--no-standard-notes` option,
    overridden by the 'GIT_NOTES_DISPLAY_REF' environment variable,
    and supplemented by the `--show-notes` option.
    Part of the git[1] suite