Thanks for these replies.  I will jump in and try them out.

For all the cheers about GIT, If find it incredibly difficult to use (or to 
even understand)

I appreciate the support.

—Kenoli



> On Oct 12, 2015, at 10:35 AM, John McKown <john.archie.mck...@gmail.com> 
> wrote:
> 
> I sometimes need to do this too. I start with the command:
> 
> git log -- some.file.txt
> 
> In my case, this is the file: bvir.txt (a strange stat file from another 
> system)
> 
> I enter: "git log -- bvir" (no quotes, of course), and get a list like:
> 
> commit b6cf0ddb83381ed3d0e2001d3d28935106bcbc8c
> Author: John Archie McKown <john.archie.mck...@gmail.com 
> <mailto:john.archie.mck...@gmail.com>>
> Date:   Wed Oct 7 08:16:42 2015 -0500
> 
>     10/07/2015 08:25:49 VERSION 01
> 
> commit e106f581ff950a9eddf46e0126414e0407fcd5c3
> Author: John Archie McKown <john.archie.mck...@gmail.com 
> <mailto:john.archie.mck...@gmail.com>>
> Date:   Tue Oct 6 08:22:35 2015 -0500
> 
>     10/06/2015 08:31:47 VERSION 01
> 
> commit 98767d3ad5acbb5750f5f9283df787a2ab62f9ab
> Author: John Archie McKown <john.archie.mck...@gmail.com 
> <mailto:john.archie.mck...@gmail.com>>
> Date:   Mon Oct 5 08:15:58 2015 -0500
> 
>     10/05/2015 08:25:14 VERSION 01
> 
> commit 3264eb3e79d9949dc56dd3cc5133f8d6198f198a
> Author: John Archie McKown <john.archie.mck...@gmail.com 
> <mailto:john.archie.mck...@gmail.com>>
> Date:   Sun Oct 4 08:14:26 2015 -0500
> 
>     10/04/2015 08:24:03 VERSION 01
> 
> commit 1ba481ed914aeb5c3d67f89438b4a91571de997d
> Author: John Archie McKown <john.archie.mck...@gmail.com 
> <mailto:john.archie.mck...@gmail.com>>
> Date:   Sat Oct 3 08:14:21 2015 -0500
> 
>     10/03/2015 08:24:03 VERSION 01
> 
> commit 70243d937b03c1be93b786885ca9e7e4f0eb8691
> Author: John Archie McKown <john.archie.mck...@gmail.com 
> <mailto:john.archie.mck...@gmail.com>>
> Date:   Fri Oct 2 08:19:50 2015 -0500
> 
>     10/02/2015 08:28:10 VERSION 01
> 
> 
> I can look at that for the one that I want, say the second from the bottom as 
> an example, and do
> 
> git show 1ba481ed914aeb5c3d67f89438b4a91571de997d:bvir.txt >some.other.name 
> <http://some.other.name/>
> 
> If I want to see the differences between that particular one, and the one in 
> my working directory:
> 
> git diff 1ba481ed914aeb5c3d67f89438b4a91571de997d  -- bvir.txt
> 
> This compares only bvir.txt (since it is specified after the --) from the 
> commit and the one in the working directory. If you run on Linux, I have a 
> really "interesting"(?) script that I use to load _all_ of the versions of 
> bvir.txt into separate files in my working directory. I can post it here. 
> There is a BASH shell script, which is 13 lines, and an awk program, which is 
> 11 lines. They may cause "real programmers" to shudder. But they work for me.
> 
> On Sun, Oct 11, 2015 at 1:50 PM, Kenoli Oleari <kenol...@gmail.com 
> <mailto:kenol...@gmail.com>> wrote:
> I've installed GIT, can do all the actions to commit a file but, somehow, 
> cannot figure out how to actually see a previous version of my file.
> 
> I've tried some commands related to history that return things to me that I 
> can't make any sense out of.
> 
> I've bought several books on this, all of which go into great detail about 
> branches and collisions and remotes and more, but nothing about actually 
> looking at a previous version of a file.
> 
> I even went to a workshop at a conference and couldn't understand enough to 
> ask question about seeing a previous file version in a way that the speaker 
> understood what I was talking about.
> 
> Can someone help me with this?  I'm obviously out in the ozone.
> 
> I'm anxious to make use of this tool everyone is raving about.
> 
> Perplexed...
> 
> --Kenoli
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