GIT-NAME-REV(1)                  Git Manual                  GIT-NAME-REV(1)

NAME         top

       git-name-rev - Find symbolic names for given revs

SYNOPSIS         top

       git name-rev [--tags] [--refs=<pattern>]
                      ( --all | --stdin | <commit-ish>... )

DESCRIPTION         top

       Finds symbolic names suitable for human digestion for revisions given
       in any format parsable by git rev-parse.

OPTIONS         top

           Do not use branch names, but only tags to name the commits

           Only use refs whose names match a given shell pattern. The
           pattern can be one of branch name, tag name or fully qualified
           ref name. If given multiple times, use refs whose names match any
           of the given shell patterns. Use --no-refs to clear any previous
           ref patterns given.

           Do not use any ref whose name matches a given shell pattern. The
           pattern can be one of branch name, tag name or fully qualified
           ref name. If given multiple times, a ref will be excluded when it
           matches any of the given patterns. When used together with
           --refs, a ref will be used as a match only when it matches at
           least one --refs pattern and does not match any --exclude
           patterns. Use --no-exclude to clear the list of exclude patterns.

           List all commits reachable from all refs

           Transform stdin by substituting all the 40-character SHA-1 hexes
           (say $hex) with "$hex ($rev_name)". When used with --name-only,
           substitute with "$rev_name", omitting $hex altogether. Intended
           for the scripter’s use.

           Instead of printing both the SHA-1 and the name, print only the
           name. If given with --tags the usual tag prefix of "tags/" is
           also omitted from the name, matching the output of git-describe
           more closely.

           Die with error code != 0 when a reference is undefined, instead
           of printing undefined.

           Show uniquely abbreviated commit object as fallback.

EXAMPLE         top

       Given a commit, find out where it is relative to the local refs. Say
       somebody wrote you about that fantastic commit
       33db5f4d9027a10e477ccf054b2c1ab94f74c85a. Of course, you look into
       the commit, but that only tells you what happened, but not the

       Enter git name-rev:

           % git name-rev 33db5f4d9027a10e477ccf054b2c1ab94f74c85a
           33db5f4d9027a10e477ccf054b2c1ab94f74c85a tags/v0.99~940

       Now you are wiser, because you know that it happened 940 revisions
       before v0.99.

       Another nice thing you can do is:

           % git log | git name-rev --stdin

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