J. Bruce Fields  committed 187b0d8

user-manual: finding commits referencing given file content

Another amusing git exploration example brought up in irc. (Credit to
aeruder for the complete solution.)

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File Documentation/user-manual.txt

 and then he just cut-and-pastes the output commands after verifying that
 they look OK.
+Finding commits referencing a file with given content
+Somebody hands you a copy of a file, and asks which commits modified a
+file such that it contained the given content either before or after the
+commit.  You can find out with this:
+$  git log --raw -r --abbrev=40 --pretty=oneline -- filename |
+	grep -B 1 `git hash-object filename`
+Figuring out why this works is left as an exercise to the (advanced)
+student.  The gitlink:git-log[1], gitlink:git-diff-tree[1], and
+gitlink:git-hash-object[1] man pages may prove helpful.
 Developing with git