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A.14.1 log options

By default, log prints all information that is available. All other options restrict the output. Note that the revision selection options (-d, -r, -s, and -w) have no effect, other than possibly causing a search for files in Attic directories, when used in conjunction with the options that restrict the output to only log header fields (-b, -h, -R, and -t) unless the -S option is also specified.


Print information about the revisions on the default branch, normally the highest branch on the trunk.

-d dates

Print information about revisions with a checkin date/time in the range given by the semicolon-separated list of dates. The date formats accepted are those accepted by the `-D' option to many other CVS commands (see section Common command options). Dates can be combined into ranges as follows:


Select the revisions that were deposited between d1 and d2.


Select all revisions dated d or earlier.


Select all revisions dated d or later.


Select the single, latest revision dated d or earlier.

The `>' or `<' characters may be followed by `=' to indicate an inclusive range rather than an exclusive one.

Note that the separator is a semicolon (;).


Print only the name of the RCS file, name of the file in the working directory, head, default branch, access list, locks, symbolic names, and suffix.


Local; run only in current working directory. (Default is to run recursively).


Do not print the list of tags for this file. This option can be very useful when your site uses a lot of tags, so rather than "more"'ing over 3 pages of tag information, the log information is presented without tags at all.


Print only the name of the RCS file.


Print information about revisions given in the comma-separated list revisions of revisions and ranges. The following table explains the available range formats:


Revisions rev1 to rev2 (which must be on the same branch).


The same, but excluding rev1.


Revisions from the beginning of the branch up to and including rev.


Revisions starting with rev to the end of the branch containing rev.


Revisions starting just after rev to the end of the branch containing rev.


An argument that is a branch means all revisions on that branch.


A range of branches means all revisions on the branches in that range.


The latest revision in branch.

A bare `-r' with no revisions means the latest revision on the default branch, normally the trunk. There can be no space between the `-r' option and its argument.


Suppress the header if no revisions are selected.

-s states

Print information about revisions whose state attributes match one of the states given in the comma-separated list states. Individual states may be any text string, though CVS commonly only uses two states, `Exp' and `dead'. See admin options for more information.


Print the same as `-h', plus the descriptive text.


Print information about revisions checked in by users with login names appearing in the comma-separated list logins. If logins is omitted, the user's login is assumed. There can be no space between the `-w' option and its argument.

log prints the intersection of the revisions selected with the options `-d', `-s', and `-w', intersected with the union of the revisions selected by `-b' and `-r'.

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