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user-manual: add a "counting commits" example

This is partly just an excuse to mention --pretty= and rev-list.

Signed-off-by: "J. Bruce Fields" <bfields@citi.umich.edu>

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Documentation/user-manual.txt

 Examples
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+[[counting-commits-on-a-branch]]
+Counting the number of commits on a branch
+~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
+
+Suppose you want to know how many commits you've made on "mybranch"
+since it diverged from "origin":
+
+-------------------------------------------------
+$ git log --pretty=oneline origin..mybranch | wc -l
+-------------------------------------------------
+
+Alternatively, you may often see this sort of thing done with the
+lower-level command gitlink:git-rev-list[1], which just lists the SHA1's
+of all the given commits:
+
+-------------------------------------------------
+$ git rev-list origin..mybranch | wc -l
+-------------------------------------------------
+
 [[checking-for-equal-branches]]
 Check whether two branches point at the same history
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