How do I view the latest commits of a remote Git repository without making a clone first?
I want to get a list of the latest commits on a certain remote Git repository. However, I do not want to create a clone because that takes too long.
With SVN, I can simply pass along a username and password. With Git I haven’t found an option to do this. Also, is there an XML output option like with SVN?
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This is probably not exactly what you want, but you could create a shallow clone using the
--depth option to
git clone. That clones only the last n revisions. It still copies all the content, though.
For XML-like formatting you could use a custom log format like this:
git log --pretty=format:'<commit><author>%ae</author><subject>%s</subject></commit>'
You can fetch from the remote repository. This does not merge the changes into your local code, but is represented locally by a branch for the remote repository, with the latest commits.
I.e., you can see individual commits to the remote repository and even cherry-pick single commits if you want.