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Git - Tracking method/function history

Git - Tracking method/function history


Published on Jan 8, 2021

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The git log command helps us to view the information about previous commits occurred in the project. But do you know, you can see the history of any method/function in your codebase easily with:

git log -L :function:path/to/file

A quick example on this command:


It cannot necessarily handle all the languages, for that, you need to configure the git config correctly in order for git to recognize method/function declarations in that specific language. I checked for Golang, JavaScript, Python and C, it's working without adding any particular language-specific configuration.

Interestingly, if you wish to check the history for some specific number of lines within the file, you can check with:

$ git log -L :<start>,<end>:<file>

You can also pass regex to find anything in your codebase files using:

git log -L :<regex>:<file>

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