benizi benizi - 1 year ago 42
Git Question

Filter git diff by type of change

Is there a way to limit

git diff
to changed files?

I'd like to see the differences between two commits, but exclude paths that don't exist in one or the other (additions/deletions). The following Perl one-liner illustrates most of what I want:

git diff master.. | perl -lnwe 'print unless /^(new|deleted) file/../^diff/ and not /^diff/'

But that leaves
diff --git a/path b/path
lines for the files that were new or deleted. Plus it'd be much nicer if I didn't have to parse (also fails if any hunk contains anything matching /^diff/, for example).

Another alternative I tried was:

git diff --name-status (args) | perl -lnwe 'print if s/^M\s+//' | xargs git diff (args) --

Its output is better, but it still feels hackish.

zen zen
Answer Source

You are looking for --diff-filter=M to show only files *M*odified between the two branches.

From man git-diff


Select only files that are

  • A Added
  • C Copied
  • D Deleted
  • M Modified
  • R Renamed
  • T have their type (mode) changed
  • U Unmerged
  • X Unknown
  • B have had their pairing Broken
  • * All-or-none

Any combination of the filter characters may be used.

When * (All-or-none) is added to the combination, all paths are selected if there is any file that matches other criteria in the comparison; if there is no file that matches other criteria, nothing is selected.