The only thing I can come up with is this:

$ git rev-list --max-parents=0 HEAD

It can, though, return more than one result if you have multiple
branches from the initial root (e.g. created with git checkout
--orphan). In usual workflows, this should give you a unique ID.

On 12 September 2014 21:35, Sam Roberts <vieuxt...@gmail.com> wrote:
> There are shorthands for going back from HEAD, but not for the initial
> commit, AFAICT.
>
> I often want to do this when rebasing, and have come to tagging the
> initial commit in my repos with INITIAL.
>
> Is there a better syntax I'm missing?
>
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