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NAME
       git-blame - Show what revision and author last modified each line of a file

SYNOPSIS
       git blame [-c] [-b] [-l] [--root] [-t] [-f] [-n] [-s] [-e] [-p] [-w] [--incremental] [-L n,m]
                   [-S <revs-file>] [-M] [-C] [-C] [-C] [--since=<date>] [--abbrev=<n>]
                   [<rev> | --contents <file> | --reverse <rev>] [--] <file>


DESCRIPTION
       Annotates each line in the given file with information from the revision which last modified the line.
       Optionally, start annotating from the given revision.

       The command can also limit the range of lines annotated.

       The report does not tell you anything about lines which have been deleted or replaced; you need to use a tool
       such as git diff or the "pickaxe" interface briefly mentioned in the following paragraph.

       Apart from supporting file annotation, git also supports searching the development history for when a code
       snippet occurred in a change. This makes it possible to track when a code snippet was added to a file, moved or
       copied between files, and eventually deleted or replaced. It works by searching for a text string in the diff.
       A small example:

           $ git log --pretty=oneline -S?blame_usage?
           5040f17eba15504bad66b14a645bddd9b015ebb7 blame -S <ancestry-file>
           ea4c7f9bf69e781dd0cd88d2bccb2bf5cc15c9a7 git-blame: Make the output


OPTIONS
       -b
           Show blank SHA-1 for boundary commits. This can also be controlled via the blame.blankboundary config
           option.

       --root
           Do not treat root commits as boundaries. This can also be controlled via the blame.showroot config option.

       --show-stats
           Include additional statistics at the end of blame output.

       -L <start>,<end>
           Annotate only the given line range. <start> and <end> can take one of these forms:

           ?   number

               If <start> or <end> is a number, it specifies an absolute line number (lines count from 1).

           ?   /regex/

               This form will use the first line matching the given POSIX regex. If <end> is a regex, it will search
               starting at the line given by <start>.

           ?   +offset or -offset

               This is only valid for <end> and will specify a number of lines before or after the line given by
               <start>.

       -l
           Show long rev (Default: off).

       -t
           Show raw timestamp (Default: off).

       -S <revs-file>
           Use revisions from revs-file instead of calling git-rev-list(1).

       --reverse
           Walk history forward instead of backward. Instead of showing the revision in which a line appeared, this
           shows the last revision in which a line has existed. This requires a range of revision like START..END
           where the path to blame exists in START.

       -p, --porcelain
           Show in a format designed for machine consumption.

       --line-porcelain
           Show the porcelain format, but output commit information for each line, not just the first time a commit is
           referenced. Implies --porcelain.

       --incremental
           Show the result incrementally in a format designed for machine consumption.

       --encoding=<encoding>
           Specifies the encoding used to output author names and commit summaries. Setting it to none makes blame
           output unconverted data. For more information see the discussion about encoding in the git-log(1) manual
           page.

       --contents <file>
           When <rev> is not specified, the command annotates the changes starting backwards from the working tree
           copy. This flag makes the command pretend as if the working tree copy has the contents of the named file
           (specify - to make the command read from the standard input).

       --date <format>
           The value is one of the following alternatives: {relative,local,default,iso,rfc,short}. If --date is not
           provided, the value of the blame.date config variable is used. If the blame.date config variable is also
           not set, the iso format is used. For more information, See the discussion of the --date option at git-
           log(1).

       -M|<num>|
           Detect moved or copied lines within a file. When a commit moves or copies a block of lines (e.g. the
           original file has A and then B, and the commit changes it to B and then A), the traditional blame algorithm
           notices only half of the movement and typically blames the lines that were moved up (i.e. B) to the parent
           and assigns blame to the lines that were moved down (i.e. A) to the child commit. With this option, both
           groups of lines are blamed on the parent by running extra passes of inspection.

           <num> is optional but it is the lower bound on the number of alphanumeric characters that git must detect
           as moving/copying within a file for it to associate those lines with the parent commit. The default value
           is 20.

       -C|<num>|
           In addition to -M, detect lines moved or copied from other files that were modified in the same commit.
           This is useful when you reorganize your program and move code around across files. When this option is
           given twice, the command additionally looks for copies from other files in the commit that creates the
           file. When this option is given three times, the command additionally looks for copies from other files in
           any commit.

           <num> is optional but it is the lower bound on the number of alphanumeric characters that git must detect
           as moving/copying between files for it to associate those lines with the parent commit. And the default
           value is 40. If there are more than one -C options given, the <num> argument of the last -C will take
           effect.

       -h
           Show help message.

       -c
           Use the same output mode as git-annotate(1) (Default: off).

       --score-debug
           Include debugging information related to the movement of lines between files (see -C) and lines moved
           within a file (see -M). The first number listed is the score. This is the number of alphanumeric characters
           detected as having been moved between or within files. This must be above a certain threshold for git blame
           to consider those lines of code to have been moved.

       -f, --show-name
           Show the filename in the original commit. By default the filename is shown if there is any line that came
           from a file with a different name, due to rename detection.

       -n, --show-number
           Show the line number in the original commit (Default: off).

       -s
           Suppress the author name and timestamp from the output.

       -e, --show-email
           Show the author email instead of author name (Default: off).

       -w
           Ignore whitespace when comparing the parent's version and the child's to find where the lines came from.

       --abbrev=<n>
           Instead of using the default 7+1 hexadecimal digits as the abbreviated object name, use <n>+1 digits. Note
           that 1 column is used for a caret to mark the boundary commit.

THE PORCELAIN FORMAT
       In this format, each line is output after a header; the header at the minimum has the first line which has:

       ?   40-byte SHA-1 of the commit the line is attributed to;

       ?   the line number of the line in the original file;

       ?   the line number of the line in the final file;

       ?   on a line that starts a group of lines from a different commit than the previous one, the number of lines
           in this group. On subsequent lines this field is absent.

       This header line is followed by the following information at least once for each commit:

       ?   the author name ("author"), email ("author-mail"), time ("author-time"), and timezone ("author-tz");
           similarly for committer.

       ?   the filename in the commit that the line is attributed to.

       ?   the first line of the commit log message ("summary").

       The contents of the actual line is output after the above header, prefixed by a TAB. This is to allow adding
       more header elements later.

       The porcelain format generally suppresses commit information that has already been seen. For example, two lines
       that are blamed to the same commit will both be shown, but the details for that commit will be shown only once.
       This is more efficient, but may require more state be kept by the reader. The --line-porcelain option can be
       used to output full commit information for each line, allowing simpler (but less efficient) usage like:

           # count the number of lines attributed to each author
           git blame --line-porcelain file |
           sed -n ?s/^author //p? |
           sort | uniq -c | sort -rn

SPECIFYING RANGES
       Unlike git blame and git annotate in older versions of git, the extent of the annotation can be limited to both
       line ranges and revision ranges. When you are interested in finding the origin for lines 40-60 for file foo,
       you can use the -L option like so (they mean the same thing -- both ask for 21 lines starting at line 40):

           git blame -L 40,60 foo
           git blame -L 40,+21 foo

       Also you can use a regular expression to specify the line range:

           git blame -L ?/^sub hello {/,/^}$/? foo

       which limits the annotation to the body of the hello subroutine.

       When you are not interested in changes older than version v2.6.18, or changes older than 3 weeks, you can use
       revision range specifiers similar to git rev-list:

           git blame v2.6.18.. -- foo
           git blame --since=3.weeks -- foo

       When revision range specifiers are used to limit the annotation, lines that have not changed since the range
       boundary (either the commit v2.6.18 or the most recent commit that is more than 3 weeks old in the above
       example) are blamed for that range boundary commit.

       A particularly useful way is to see if an added file has lines created by copy-and-paste from existing files.
       Sometimes this indicates that the developer was being sloppy and did not refactor the code properly. You can
       first find the commit that introduced the file with:

           git log --diff-filter=A --pretty=short -- foo

       and then annotate the change between the commit and its parents, using commit^! notation:

           git blame -C -C -f $commit^! -- foo

INCREMENTAL OUTPUT
       When called with --incremental option, the command outputs the result as it is built. The output generally will
       talk about lines touched by more recent commits first (i.e. the lines will be annotated out of order) and is
       meant to be used by interactive viewers.

       The output format is similar to the Porcelain format, but it does not contain the actual lines from the file
       that is being annotated.

        1. Each blame entry always starts with a line of:

               <40-byte hex sha1> <sourceline> <resultline> <num_lines>

           Line numbers count from 1.

        2. The first time that a commit shows up in the stream, it has various other information about it printed out
           with a one-word tag at the beginning of each line describing the extra commit information (author, email,
           committer, dates, summary, etc.).

        3. Unlike the Porcelain format, the filename information is always given and terminates the entry:

               "filename" <whitespace-quoted-filename-goes-here>

           and thus it is really quite easy to parse for some line- and word-oriented parser (which should be quite
           natural for most scripting languages).

               Note
               For people who do parsing: to make it more robust, just ignore any lines between the first and last one
               ("<sha1>" and "filename" lines) where you do not recognize the tag words (or care about that particular
               one) at the beginning of the "extended information" lines. That way, if there is ever added information
               (like the commit encoding or extended commit commentary), a blame viewer will not care.

MAPPING AUTHORS
       If the file .mailmap exists at the toplevel of the repository, or at the location pointed to by the
       mailmap.file configuration option, it is used to map author and committer names and email addresses to
       canonical real names and email addresses.

       In the simple form, each line in the file consists of the canonical real name of an author, whitespace, and an
       email address used in the commit (enclosed by < and >) to map to the name. For example:

           Proper Name <commitATemail.xx>

       The more complex forms are:

           <properATemail.xx> <commitATemail.xx>

       which allows mailmap to replace only the email part of a commit, and:

           Proper Name <properATemail.xx> <commitATemail.xx>

       which allows mailmap to replace both the name and the email of a commit matching the specified commit email
       address, and:

           Proper Name <properATemail.xx> Commit Name <commitATemail.xx>

       which allows mailmap to replace both the name and the email of a commit matching both the specified commit name
       and email address.

       Example 1: Your history contains commits by two authors, Jane and Joe, whose names appear in the repository
       under several forms:

           Joe Developer <joeATexample.com>
           Joe R. Developer <joeATexample.com>
           Jane Doe <janeATexample.com>
           Jane Doe <jane@laptop.(none)>
           Jane D. <jane@desktop.(none)>


       Now suppose that Joe wants his middle name initial used, and Jane prefers her family name fully spelled out. A
       proper .mailmap file would look like:

           Jane Doe         <jane@desktop.(none)>
           Joe R. Developer <joeATexample.com>


       Note how there is no need for an entry for <jane@laptop[1].(none)>, because the real name of that author is
       already correct.

       Example 2: Your repository contains commits from the following authors:

           nick1 <bugsATcompany.xx>
           nick2 <bugsATcompany.xx>
           nick2 <nick2ATcompany.xx>
           santa <meATcompany.xx>
           claus <meATcompany.xx>
           CTO <ctoATcoompany.xx>


       Then you might want a .mailmap file that looks like:

           <ctoATcompany.xx>                       <ctoATcoompany.xx>
           Some Dude <someATdude.xx>         nick1 <bugsATcompany.xx>
           Other Author <otherATauthor.xx>   nick2 <bugsATcompany.xx>
           Other Author <otherATauthor.xx>         <nick2ATcompany.xx>
           Santa Claus <santa.clausATnorthpole.xx> <meATcompany.xx>


       Use hash # for comments that are either on their own line, or after the email address.

SEE ALSO
       git-annotate(1)

GIT
       Part of the git(1) suite

NOTES
        1. jane@laptop
           mailto:jane@laptop



Git 1.7.11.3                      08/29/2012                      GIT-BLAME(1)