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authorMatthias Urlichs <>2005-07-29 18:10:46 (GMT)
committerJunio C Hamano <>2005-07-30 00:21:53 (GMT)
commitadcd3512f5e499a3cc14b865e83580b8c3d235c1 (patch)
tree9afaa8caf22a85eda60611db05f5851848efce38 /Documentation
parent623c8a1460125f66274f451691b3576b0d0f7a4c (diff)
[PATCH] document git-rev-list better
Document new (and not-so-new) flags of git-rev-list. Signed-off-By: Matthias Urlichs <> Signed-off-by: Junio C Hamano <>
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diff --git a/Documentation/git-rev-list.txt b/Documentation/git-rev-list.txt
index fe86c9c..35fecf3 100644
--- a/Documentation/git-rev-list.txt
+++ b/Documentation/git-rev-list.txt
@@ -9,14 +9,35 @@ git-rev-list - Lists commit objects in reverse chronological order
-'git-rev-list' [ *--max-count*=number ] [ *--max-age*=timestamp ] [ *--min-age*=timestamp ] [ *--merge-order* [ *--show-breaks* ] ] <commit>
+'git-rev-list' [ *--max-count*=number ] [ *--max-age*=timestamp ] [ *--min-age*=timestamp ] [ *--bisect* ] [ *--pretty* ] [ *--objects* ] [ *--merge-order* [ *--show-breaks* ] ] <commit> [ <commit> ...] [ ^<commit> ...]
Lists commit objects in reverse chronological order starting at the
-given commit, taking ancestry relationship into account. This is
+given commit(s), taking ancestry relationship into account. This is
useful to produce human-readable log output.
+Commits which are stated with a preceding '^' cause listing to stop at
+that point. Their parents are implied. "git-rev-list foo bar ^baz" thus
+means "list all the commits which are included in 'foo' and 'bar', but
+not in 'baz'".
+If *--pretty* is specified, print the contents of the commit changesets
+in human-readable form.
+The *--objects* flag causes 'git-rev-list' to print the object IDs of
+any object referenced by the listed commits. 'git-rev-list --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'".
+The *--bisect* flag limits output to the one commit object which is
+roughly halfway between the included and excluded commits. Thus,
+if "git-rev-list --bisect foo ^bar ^baz" outputs 'midpoint', the output
+of "git-rev-list foo ^midpoint" and "git-rev-list midpoint ^bar ^baz"
+would be of roughly the same length. Finding the change which introduces
+a regression is thus reduced to a binary search: repeatedly generate and
+test new 'midpoint's until the commit chain is of length one.
If *--merge-order* is specified, the commit history is decomposed into a
unique sequence of minimal, non-linear epochs and maximal, linear epochs.
Non-linear epochs are then linearised by sorting them into merge order, which