· git

Git: Getting the history of a deleted file

We recently wanted to get the Git history of a file which we knew existed but had now been deleted so we could find out what had happened to it.

Using a simple git log didn’t work:

git log deletedFile.txt
fatal: ambiguous argument 'deletedFile.txt': unknown revision or path not in the working tree.

We eventually came across <a href="http://feeding.cloud.geek.nz/2010/07/querying-deleted-content-in-git.html">Francois Marier's blog post</a> which points out that you need to use the following command instead:


git log -- deletedFile.txt

I’ve tried reading through the man page but I’m still not entirely sure what the distinction between using and not using it is supposed to be.

If someone could explain it that’d be cool…

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