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Enmanuel de la Nuez
Enmanuel de la Nuez

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Configuring Git

Git is one of the most common tools for developers, but we often learn just enough to get the work done. Below are some optional configurations for git you might not have encountered.

Tell git your name and email

Git uses this information to say who committed what. After all, software is often a team effort. By default, git will look for this information by asking your system and choose a default, but if you want full control, here is how you set this information.

$ git config --global "My Name"
$ git config --global ""

Note the --global flags, meaning these settings will be applied system-wide, as opposed to the user level.

Type less with aliases

Some git commands can feel long and tedious at times, why not make some aliases? Aliases are nicknames for shell commands. For example, we can tell git that when we run git st, we mean git status. Here are some reasonable ones from the git docs.

$ git config --global status
$ git config --global checkout
$ git config --global branch
$ git config --global commit

Aliases behave the same way as the full command, meaning you can provide them flags and arguments as usual.

Git auto-correct

Are you always misspelling your git commands? Irritating, I know. Git can take help by guessing what you probably meant and doing it. Git auto-correct setting lets you choose how much time it waits before executing on its assumption.

$ git config --global help.autoCorrect 30

The argument we provided above is an integer representing tenths of seconds. 30 means git waits for 3 seconds. If git got it wrong, cancel the command with CTRL + C before the time is up and try again.

I hope you learned something new! Be careful with git auto-correct, and thanks for reading!

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