Predictive Hacks

How to show past Git Commits

You can the past commits by typing:

git log

If you want to see the past commits, you can use the ancestor symbol ^ or the tilde ~. For example, let’s say that I want to see the parent commit of the HEAD. We can type:

git show HEAD^


git show HEAD~1

Now, if we want to see the “grand-parent”, i.e. two steps back. We can type:

git show HEAD^^


git show HEAD~2

Similarly, if we want to add more steps back, we add more ancestors, for example the three steps back will be HEAD^^^ or HEAD~3 if we use the tilde notation.

Finally, note that instead of the “HEAD” you can enter the corresponding SHA (or at least the first 7 characters of it).

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