Use git blame more efficiently

Jeroen van Baarsen
November 23, 2015

Everyone has been there, that piece of code of which you think:

“Wow, what a piece of crazy code, the person who wrote that should be ashamed of themselves.”

(Of course it wasn’t you! It’s never you!) or maybe you’re more positive minded, and you think:

“That's a nice piece of code, who made this?”

The tool you are most likely to use is git blame (if it's not the tool of choice, please consider it!).

With git blame comes one little issue, it gives a lot of false positives, for example, someone moved the piece of code around, or removed a trailing whitespace. All those actions will cause the git blame to point to them.

To make sure you only get the person who changed the code itself (Ignoring white spaces and other trivial changes), you can use the following flags: