How to display the commits from a merged branch ?

A branch gmock was proposed as pull request 483 on GitHub, accepted, merged into master and deleted. It had two commits:

  • bf05ec1 tests: replace existing gtest 1.5.0
  • 5cbe0c5 gmock: use Google C++ Mocking

In GitHub, the reference pull/483/head is preserved and points to the last commit of the branch that no longer exists.

    master +
           |
    849afe + merged and deleted branch gmock
           |\
    d5cb91 + \
           |  + bf05ec1 tests: replace existing gtest 1.5.0 (pull/483/head)
    5301b2 +  |
           |  + 5cbe0c5 gmock: use Google C++ Mocking
           | /
           |/
    5a6549 +
           |
           .
           .
           .

To list the commits that were merged we need to find the commit in master that is immediately after the former branch started.

base=$(git rev-list --topo-order master ^pull/483/head | tail -1)

The base variable contains 5301b2 which is the first commit of master that is not reachable from pull/483/head, in topological order instead of the default chronological order.

$ git rev-list --oneline $base^..pull/483/head
bf05ec1 tests: replace existing gtest 1.5.0
5cbe0c5 gmock: use Google C++ Mocking

Displays the commits of the former gmock branch. Note the ^ after $base that means the first parent of $base. If the graph is as shown above, it does not make a difference. But if it is as follows:

    master +
           |
    849afe + merged and deleted branch gmock
           |\
           | \
           |  + bf05ec1 tests: replace existing gtest 1.5.0 (pull/483/head)
           |  |
           |  + 5cbe0c5 gmock: use Google C++ Mocking
           | /
           |/
    5a6549 +
           |
           .
           .
           .

Then $base would be 849afe and git rev-list –oneline $base..pull/483/head (without the ^) would display nothing because pull/483/head is reachable from $base. Since $base^ is the first parent (i.e. the left parent on the graph above), it is 5a6549 and we get the desired result.

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