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git-ls-tree (1)


git-ls-tree - List the contents of a tree object


git ls-tree [-d] [-r] [-t] [-l] [-z]
[--name-only] [--name-status] [--full-name] [--full-tree] [--abbrev[=<n>]]
<tree-ish> [<path>...]


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     git-ls-tree - List the contents of a tree object

     git ls-tree [-d] [-r] [-t] [-l] [-z]
                 [--name-only] [--name-status] [--full-name] [--full-tree] [--abbrev[=<n>]]
                 <tree-ish> [<path>...]

     Lists the contents of a given tree object, like what
     "/bin/ls -a" does in the current working directory. Note

     o   the behaviour is slightly different from that of
         "/bin/ls" in that the <path> denotes just a list of
         patterns to match, e.g. so specifying directory name
         (without -r) will behave differently, and order of the
         arguments does not matter.

     o   the behaviour is similar to that of "/bin/ls" in that
         the <path> is taken as relative to the current working
         directory. E.g. when you are in a directory sub that has
         a directory dir, you can run git ls-tree -r HEAD dir to
         list the contents of the tree (that is sub/dir in HEAD).
         You don't want to give a tree that is not at the root
         level (e.g.  git ls-tree -r HEAD:sub dir) in this case,
         as that would result in asking for sub/sub/dir in the
         HEAD commit. However, the current working directory can
         be ignored by passing --full-tree option.

         Id of a tree-ish.

         Show only the named tree entry itself, not its children.

         Recurse into sub-trees.

         Show tree entries even when going to recurse them. Has
         no effect if -r was not passed.  -d implies -t.

     -l, --long
         Show object size of blob (file) entries.

         \0 line termination on output.

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     --name-only, --name-status
         List only filenames (instead of the "long" output), one
         per line.

         Instead of showing the full 40-byte hexadecimal object
         lines, show only a partial prefix. Non default number of
         digits can be specified with --abbrev=<n>.

         Instead of showing the path names relative to the
         current working directory, show the full path names.

         Do not limit the listing to the current working
         directory. Implies --full-name.

         When paths are given, show them (note that this isn't
         really raw pathnames, but rather a list of patterns to
         match). Otherwise implicitly uses the root level of the
         tree as the sole path argument.

         <mode> SP <type> SP <object> TAB <file>

     Unless the -z option is used, TAB, LF, and backslash
     characters in pathnames are represented as \t, \n, and \\,
     respectively. This output format is compatible with what
     --index-info --stdin of git update-index expects.

     When the -l option is used, format changes to

         <mode> SP <type> SP <object> SP <object size> TAB <file>

     Object size identified by <object> is given in bytes, and
     right-justified with minimum width of 7 characters. Object
     size is given only for blobs (file) entries; for other
     entries - character is used in place of size.

     Part of the git(1) suite

     See attributes(5) for descriptions of the following

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     |Availability   | developer/versioning/git |
     |Stability      | Uncommitted              |
     This software was built from source available at  The original
     community source was downloaded from  http://git-

     Further information about this software can be found on the
     open source community website at

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