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Oct 16, 2019 in Git
Q: How do you find a list of files that have changed in a particular commit?

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Oct 16, 2019

For this answer instead of just telling the command, explain what exactly this command will do.

To get a list file that has changed in a particular commit use the below command:

git diff-tree -r {hash}

Given the commit hash, this will list all the files that were changed or added in that commit. The -r flag makes the command list individual files, rather than collapsing them into root directory names only.

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The output will also include some extra information, which can be easily suppressed by including two flags:

git diff-tree --no-commit-id --name-only -r {hash}

Here –no-commit-id will suppress the commit hashes from appearing in the output, and –name-only will only print the file names, instead of their paths.

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