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Documentation: do not assume that n > 1 in <rev>~$n

We explained <rev>~<n> as <n>th generation grand-parent, but a reader got
confused by the "grand-" part when <n> is 1.

Reword it with "ancestor"; with the "generation" and "following only the
first parents" around there, what we try to describe should be clear
enough now.

Noticed-by: Luke Diamand <>
Helped-by: Thomas Rast <>
Helped-by: Andreas Ericsson <>
Signed-off-by: Junio C Hamano <>
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  1. +1 −1  Documentation/revisions.txt
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@@ -101,7 +101,7 @@ the '$GIT_DIR/refs' directory or from the '$GIT_DIR/packed-refs' file.
'<rev>{tilde}<n>', e.g. 'master{tilde}3'::
A suffix '{tilde}<n>' to a revision parameter means the commit
- object that is the <n>th generation grand-parent of the named
+ object that is the <n>th generation ancestor of the named
commit object, following only the first parents. I.e. '<rev>{tilde}3' is
equivalent to '<rev>{caret}{caret}{caret}' which is equivalent to
'<rev>{caret}1{caret}1{caret}1'. See below for an illustration of
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