The commit 52f425e1 (August, 30th 2013) mentions:
Encourage new users to use ‘
log‘ instead. These days, these commands are unified and just have different defaults.
git log‘ only allowed you to view the log messages and no diffs when it was added in early June 2005. It was only in early April 2006 that the command learned to take diff options.
Because of this, power users tended to use ‘
whatchanged‘ that already existed since mid May 2005 and supported diff options.
That is what the new version of the man page for
git whatchanged will say now:
The command is kept primarily for historical reasons; fingers of many people who learned Git long before
git logwas invented by reading Linux kernel mailing list are trained to type it.
git log --raw --no-merges
(That would avoid this question)