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 Francois Marier’s blog post 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…