I found this 
 which I think might be the answer here. do you agree ? 

On Monday, February 3, 2014 8:51:08 AM UTC+2, Konstantin Khomoutov wrote:
> On Sun, 2 Feb 2014 14:38:11 -0800 (PST) 
> Gabby Romano <omer...@gmail.com <javascript:>> wrote: 
> > I would like to run git rev-list with --no-merges to exclude the pull 
> > merge commits, but to still be able to see "regular" branch merges 
> > and their changes. is there a way to do this or there is no way to 
> > tell between them ? 
> No way, I beleive. 
> `git pull` is `git fetch` followed by `git merge` -- nothing more, it's 
> not a distinct operation but rather something like a shortcut. 
> Unfortunately, folks often learn `git pull` before (or instead) 
> `git fetch` which produces wrong mental model. 

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