Git seems to always have the feature I need, but often I’m not able to find it right away. While searching for a commit where a certain constant had been removed, I stumbled upon the deprecated git-diff-grep, which, in its readme, led me to the solution I could have easily found by just reading the, you know, manual (i.e.
man git-log) :)
Look for differences that introduce or remove an instance of
<string>.Note that this is different than the string simply
appearing in diff output; see the pickaxe entry in gitdiffcore(7)
for more details.
Look for differences whose added or removed line matches the given
Knowing that, you can simply do the following:
$ git log -S"WHERE_DID_IT_GO"
$ git log -G"WHERE_DID.*"
If you want to see the commit’s diff as well, just supply the
I usually work with a tab width of 4 when editing code, but
git-diff (that is the *nix
less program) seems to use a default tab width of 8. You can change this behavior by setting the
core.pager option to something like this:
This would result in a tab width of 4. If you are not familiar with git config, here’s how you set the option:
$ git config --global core.pager 'less -x4'
If you remove the
--global flag, the option will be changed only for the current git repository, otherwise it will be changed globally for the current user account.
I’ve been there a lot: I’m using some kind of existing framework / tool / open source software which is awesome, but there is that tiny little thing that annoys me, and I’d like to change it.