The “git effort” command is a part of the Git Extras toolset and is used to display the activity level of a file in terms of commits and active days. It provides insights into how much work has been done on a specific file in terms of the number of commits and the total number of days that have contributed to the file’s development.
When you run the “git effort” command, it analyzes the Git repository’s commit history and calculates the number of commits and active days for each file. The “active days” refer to the total number of days on which a file has received commits.
The output of the “git effort” command includes a table that lists the files in the repository along with their corresponding commit counts and active days. This information allows you to quickly identify the files that have been actively worked on and those that have had fewer changes or contributions over time.
By analyzing the commit and activity metrics provided by “git effort,” you can gain insights into the level of development and maintenance of individual files within your project. It can help you identify files that have received frequent updates and may require closer attention or review. Additionally, it can highlight files that have had limited activity, potentially indicating areas of the codebase that need further attention or may be less actively maintained.
Using the “git effort” command can assist you in understanding the level of effort put into individual files, providing a valuable perspective on the history and development of your project. It can be particularly useful when assessing the contributions to specific files or when investigating the overall activity level of different parts of your codebase.
git effort Command Examples
1. Display each file in the repository, showing commits and active days:
# git effort
2. Display files modified by a specific number of commits or more, showing commits and active days:
# git effort --above 5
3. Display files modified by a specific author, showing commits and active days:
# git effort -- --author="username"
4. Display files modified since a specific time/date, showing commits and active days:
# git effort -- --since="last month"
5. Display only the specified files or directories, showing commits and active days:
# git effort /path/to/file_or_directory1 /path/to/file_or_directory2 ...
6. Display all files in a specific directory, showing commits and active days:
# git effort /path/to/directory/*