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        git-log - Show commit logs


        git-log <option>...


        Shows the commit logs.
        The command takes options applicable to the git-rev-list(1) command to
        control what is shown and how, and options applicable to the
        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.


            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>. When left out the format default to
            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.
            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. See also
            Print out the ref names of any commits that are shown.
            Show only commits that affect the specified paths.
        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.
        Here are some additional details for each format:
        ·   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: <date>
                <title line>
                <full commit message>
        ·   full
                commit <sha1>
                Author: <author>
                Commit: <committer>
                <title line>
                <full commit message>
        ·   fuller
                commit <sha1>
                Author: <author>
                AuthorDate: <date & time>
                Commit: <committer>
                CommitDate: <date & time>
                <title line>
                <full commit message>
        ·   email
                From <sha1> <date>
                From: <author>
                Date: <date & time>
                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:
            The format: 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:
                .ft C
                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
            ·   %ae: author email
            ·   %ad: author date
            ·   %aD: author date, RFC2822 style
            ·   %ar: author date, relative
            ·   %at: author date, UNIX timestamp
            ·   %cn: committer name
            ·   %ce: committer email
            ·   %cd: committer date
            ·   %cD: committer date, RFC2822 style
            ·   %cr: committer date, relative
            ·   %ct: committer date, UNIX timestamp
            ·   %e: encoding
            ·   %s: subject
            ·   %b: body
            ·   %Cred: switch color to red
            ·   %Cgreen: switch color to green
            ·   %Cblue: switch color to blue
            ·   %Creset: reset color
            ·   %m: left, right or boundary mark
            ·   %n: newline


        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 gitk
        git log -r --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


        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
        ·   The contents of the blob objects are uninterpreted sequence of
            bytes. There is no encoding translation at the core level.
        ·   The commit log messages are uninterpreted sequence 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 mind.
         1.  git-commit-tree (hence, git-commit which uses it) issues an
            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:
                .ft C
                        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.
         2.  git-log, git-show and friends looks at the encoding header of a
            commit object, and tries 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
                .ft C
                        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.


        Written by Linus Torvalds <>


        Documentation by David Greaves, Junio C Hamano and the git-list


        Part of the git(7) suite