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Pradumna Saraf
Pradumna Saraf

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Commit with a Past Date and Time in Git

As developers, we sometimes want to change past Git commits. Although true time travel is impossible, Git offers a neat way to commit with past dates and times. Here's how:

To change the last commit date and time, use this command:

git commit --amend --date="YYYY-MM-DD HH:MM:SS" -m "Your commit message here"
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To create a new commit with the past date, use:

git commit --date="YYYY-MM-DD HH:MM:SS" -m "Your commit message here"
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Conclusion:

Keep in mind that amending a commit means rewiring its history. Use this powerful feature responsibly.

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Gianpiero Errigo

Beware that --amend will not modify last commit, it will replace it with a new one, changing repo history.
That could be tricky if someone already cloned the branch.

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Pradumna Saraf

Yes. Thank you.

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Priddybroderick

Thank you for sharing this helpful tip for changing past Git commits! As developers, having the ability to adjust commit dates and times can be valuable for keeping our version history accurate and organized.
It's essential to remember that amending a commit can impact the commit history lane, so we should use this feature responsibly and with caution.

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Pradumna Saraf

Thank you.

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DIAMONA

Where is place of name the commit?

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Pradumna Saraf

When you don't specify the -m flag for the commit message, a text editor like Vim will open up for you to enter the commit message.

However, I will edit the article and include the -m flag directly in the command itself.

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DIAMONA
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Bull

WOW. I din't knew about this. Thanks for sharing.

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Pradumna Saraf

Thank you.

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James Wilkinson

Useful for when you don't want other members of the team to see your screwed up sleeping pattern and 4am redbull-infused commits.