On Feb 15, 2013, at 9:24 AM, Bob Hiestand <bob.hiest...@gmail.com> wrote:

> your post didn't restrict the use to only filtering by path

It did; it showed an example of what I'm having to do, where I'm explicitly 
comparing HEAD:newfile with oldCommit:oldfile. That is what I need to do: 
compare a particular file with its version in the past. The question is, is 
there a way to do this without my having to supply the old name of the same 
file, every darned time. One thinks there should be, because, after all, git 
does know the old name (as is proved by its ability to log backwards through 

Whenever one has to do something dumb and repetitive, a computer should be 
doing it for you. That's what I'm asking for in this case. I have dozens of 
these files to do these comparisons with, a lot. m.

PS It isn't my fault that the files were all renamed. Orders from on high, 
don't you know.

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