Getting a list of changed files between to different branches or tags could not be any easier when using the ‘–name-only’ diff option:
git diff --name-only mono-3.2.5 mono-3.2.6 configure.in mcs/class/Facades/Makefile mcs/class/Facades/System.Dynamic.Runtime/TypeForwarders.cs mcs/class/Facades/System.Runtime.InteropServices.WindowsRuntime/AssemblyInfo.cs mcs/class/Facades/System.Runtime.InteropServices.WindowsRuntime/Makefile ...
A quickie to get the number of files changed:
git diff --name-only mono-3.2.5 mono-3.2.6|wc -l 28
And using the ‘–name-status’ option can get you a nice two column output with the change type attribute with each file name, makes it easy to pipe to those maintenace scripts.
git diff --name-status mono-3.2.5 mono-3.2.6 M configure.in M mcs/class/Facades/Makefile M mcs/class/Facades/System.Dynamic.Runtime/TypeForwarders.cs A mcs/class/Facades/System.Runtime.InteropServices.WindowsRuntime/AssemblyInfo.cs
Note: You can feed the ‘–no-color’ option to make sure that none of those ansi escape codes get send down-stream in your pipe.
Note: ‘–'porcelain’ works within the diff mode sub-option but not as a primary option.