Currently, when an invalid revision is specified, the error message is:

    fatal: Needed a single revision

This is misleading because, you might think there is something wrong
with the command line as a whole.

Now the user gets a more meaningful error message, showing the invalid

Signed-off-by: Dirk Wallenstein <>

On Wed, Jul 17, 2013 at 10:06:21AM -0700, Junio C Hamano wrote:
> Dirk Wallenstein <> writes:
> > +baserev=$(git rev-parse --verify "$base"^0 2>/dev/null)
> Use "--quiet" instead?
Oh, of course. | 14 ++++++++++++--
 1 file changed, 12 insertions(+), 2 deletions(-)

diff --git a/ b/
index d566015..ebf1269 100755
--- a/
+++ b/
@@ -51,8 +51,18 @@ fi
 tag_name=$(git describe --exact "$head^0" 2>/dev/null)
 test -n "$base" && test -n "$url" || usage
-baserev=$(git rev-parse --verify "$base"^0) &&
-headrev=$(git rev-parse --verify "$head"^0) || exit
+baserev=$(git rev-parse --verify --quiet "$base"^0)
+if test -z "$baserev"
+    die "fatal: Not a valid revision: $base"
+headrev=$(git rev-parse --verify --quiet "$head"^0)
+if test -z "$headrev"
+    die "fatal: Not a valid revision: $head"
 merge_base=$(git merge-base $baserev $headrev) ||
 die "fatal: No commits in common between $base and $head"

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