Re: file rename causes history to disappear

From: Jakub Narebski <>
Date: 2006-09-07 04:52:51
Linus Torvalds wrote:

>> 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.

I'm not that sure. The output could be changed to, for example
  <hash> SP <quoted-filename> [SP <quoted-filename> ...]
although I'm not sure if git can detect that two files were joined into one
(or, in reverse that one file was split into several; this doesn't matter
for following history of a file from top)

But --follow=<filename> with <pathspec> can be useful, e.g. when <pathspec> 
is a directory (or, perhaps in the future, glob), which would mean "follow
the contents indicated in starting hash by <filename>, and stop following
when it falls out outside given <pathspec>, in our case given directory".

As pathspecs doesn't change, there is no need to output them.
Jakub Narebski
Warsaw, Poland
ShadeHawk on #git

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