git: number of lines *not* changed since specific commit?

There are plenty of answers with great command line fu to find changes (or change statistics), but I’d like to find the opposite: how many lines (per file) have not changed since a particular commit?

The closest I could find is this: How to find which files have not changed since commit? but I’d like to know how many lines (ideally: in each file) have survived unchanged, not which files.

So, basically: can git diff –stat output unchanged lines in addition to insertions and deletions?

Alternatively, I’d imagine that git ls-files, git blame and some awk magic might do the trick, but I haven’t been able to figure it out quite yet. — For example, rather than label each line with the commit number of the last change, can I get git-blame to indicate if this change occurred before or after a given commit? Together with grep and wc -l that would get me there.

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    Figured it out. The key is that git blame can specify date ranges (see, section “SPECIFYING RANGES”). Assume 123456 is the commit I want to compare to. With

    git blame 123456..

    “lines that have not changed since the range boundary […] are blamed for that range boundary commit”, that is, it will show everything that hasn’t changed since that commit as “^123456”. Thus, per file, the answer to my question is

    git blame 123456.. $file | grep -P "^\^123456" | wc -l # unchanged since
    git blame 123456.. $file | grep -Pv "^\^123456" | wc -l # new since

    Wrapped into bash script to go over all files in repo (git ls-files) and printing pretty:

    echo "--- total unchanged new filename ---"
    for file in `git ls-files | \
      <can do some filtering of files here with grep>`
      # calculate stats for this file
      lines=`cat $file | wc -l`
      lines_unchanged=`git blame 123456.. $file | grep -P "^\^123456" | wc -l`
      lines_new=`git blame 123456.. $file | grep -Pv "^\^123456" | wc -l`
      # print pretty
      lines_pretty="$(printf "%6d" $lines)"
      lines_unchanged_pretty="$(printf "%6d" $lines_unchanged)"
      lines_new_pretty="$(printf "%6d" $lines_new)"
      echo "$lines_pretty $lines_unchanged_pretty $lines_new_pretty $file"
      # add to total
      total_lines=$(($total_lines + $lines))
      total_lines_unchanged=$(($total_lines_unchanged + $lines_unchanged))
      total_lines_new=$(($total_lines_new + $lines_new))
    # print total
    echo "--- total unchanged new ---"
    lines_pretty="$(printf "%6d" $total_lines)"
    lines_unchanged_pretty="$(printf "%6d" $total_lines_unchanged)"
    lines_new_pretty="$(printf "%6d" $total_lines_new)"
    echo "$lines_pretty $lines_unchanged_pretty $lines_new_pretty TOTAL"

    Thanks to Gregg for his answer, which had me look into the options for git-blame more!

    git diff HEAD~ HEAD && echo files that changed
    git rev-parse HEAD && echo hash of current rev
    wc -l <filename> && echo total lines
    git blame <filename> | grep -v -c -e"<first8bytesofhash>"  && echo unchanged lines
    git blame <filename> | grep -c -e"<first8bytesofhash>" && echo changed lines

    I try with Python:

    import commands
    s,o=commands.getstatusoutput('git tag start')
    s,o=commands.getstatusoutput('git log --pretty=%H --max-parents=0')
    for root in roots:
      s,o=commands.getstatusoutput('git reset root')
      s,o=commands.getstatusoutput('git ls-files')
      s,o=commands.getstatusoutput('git ls-files --modified')
    print result
    s,o=commands.getstatusoutput('git reset start --hard')
    $ wc -l main.c
    718 main.c
    $ git diff --numstat v2.0.0 main.c
    152     70      main.c

    That’s 152 lines of the current main.c are changed or added since v2.0.0, so 566 lines are unchanged since then.

    lines-unchanged-in-since () {
            set -- $2 `wc -l $1` `git diff --numstat $2 $1` 
            echo $(($2-$4)) lines unchanged in $3 since $1
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