[TYPO3-core] Git Experts: Fix amnesia?

Aske Ertmann aske at moc.net
Wed Oct 17 10:44:27 CEST 2012


Before you start doing all this I would like to point out that there's an option called --follow for git log, which "Continue listing the history of a file beyond renames (works only for a single file).". Meaning that if you need the whole history of a file simply use git log -p --follow filepath..

It's a shame this isn't default behavior for Git IMO, but at least it's possible without all the hassle.


On 17/10/2012, at 10.22, Helmut Hummel wrote:

> Hi,
> what I learned from using Git is that nearly anything is possible.
> Now I have a challenging problem I'd like to discuss.
> When moving to namespaces, we moved and at the same time changed files in our master branch.
> With doing both we lost our complete history of the newly renamed files.
> That is really a pity and if possible I want to fix that.
> I have two ideas how we can manage to do that.
> 1. Rewrite the history of the *remote* repo
> 2. a) Change the content of the original files with their current
>      content
>   b) Remove the new files
>   c) Move the "old" files to their new location
>   d) Add the dummy files in the old location.
> The first one would have the downside, that we would void all cloned repos out there, but we would have a clean repo again.
> The second one should work, but is of course a lot of work. We should only do that if we can do it with a script.
> So the questions are:
> Is it worth fixing this history loss?
> Can someone put effort on this task?
> Kind regards,
> Helmut
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> Helmut Hummel
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