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Git Version Control Cookbook

By : Aske Olsson, Rasmus Voss
Book Image

Git Version Control Cookbook

By: Aske Olsson, Rasmus Voss

Overview of this book

Table of Contents (19 chapters)
Git Version Control Cookbook
About the Authors
About the Reviewers

Viewing past Git actions with git reflog

The reflog command stores information on updates to the tip of the branches in Git, where the normal git log command shows the ancestry chain from HEAD, and the reflog command shows what HEAD has pointed to in the repository. This is your history in the repository that tells how you have moved between branches, created your commits and resets, and so on. Basically, anything that makes HEAD point to something new is recorded in the reflog. This means that by going through reflog command, you can find lost commits that none of your branches nor other commits point to. This makes the reflog command a good starting point for trying to find a lost commit.

Getting ready

Again, we'll use the hello world repository. If you make a fresh clone, make sure to run the scripts for this chapter so that there will be some entries in the reflog command. The scripts can be found on the book's homepage. If you just reset the master branch to origin/master after performing...