Re: file rename causes history to disappear

From: Linus Torvalds <>
Date: 2006-09-07 04:34:37
On Wed, 6 Sep 2006, Jakub Narebski wrote:
> So if/when git would have --follow option to git-log and git-diff-*, it
> would be rather --follow=<filename>, rather than --follow -- <paths>?

That would probably be sensible, yes. Especially since "--follow" is 
fundamentally different from the "<paths>" thing in that you really should 
be able to only follow a single file.

(Following multiple files causes huge amounts of pain - it might be 
possible, but I don't think it's worth it).

> git-rev-list could then output hash with current set of <filenames>, which
> were given <filename> at the beginning, i.e.
>   <hash> -- <filename> [<filename>...]

I would argue that "--follow" would be incompatible with having other 
<paths> listed. But maybe there is some sensible rule for what the 
combination means (show the listed paths _and_ the file we're following?) 
I dunno.

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