re: Git [Script] Aliases That Could Be Helpful VIEW POST


To be a little nitpicky, those are technically shell aliases to git, not actually git aliases.
However, the link you included shows how to use git aliases.

I'd actually recommend against making a ton of shell aliases as they don't possess the full power that doing real git aliases can provide.

You can also run into trouble if you try to combine shell scripts with git. If you use real git aliases, you can use the aliases, but if you use shell aliases, you cannot.

Instead, I just do this single shell alias: alias g=git

Then include all the git aliases you want in ~/.gitconfig.

To execute, you just do:

$ g st # same as git status, the shell maps g -> git and git maps st -> status

Here's a large chunk of my ~/.gitconfig:

    git = !exec git
    f = !git fetch || echo "Gretchen, stop trying to make fetch happen\\!"
    st = status --short --branch
    n = number
    # number, short
    nu = number --column -s
    # number, full status
    ns = number --column
    # number command, e.g. git number -c vim 1 # opens file 1 in vim!
    nc = number -c
    nvi = number -c vim
    na = number add
    si = status --ignored
    ci = commit
    co = checkout
    br = branch
    df = diff
    dc = diff --cached
    dn = diff --name-only
    dw = diff --color-words
    sq = merge --squash
    cob = checkout -b
    # quick add all and commit with message
    cm = commit -a -m
    ammend = commit --ammend
    # safer than just doing git reset HEAD --hard. we can restore using git reflog
    wipe = !git add -A && git commit -qm 'WIPE SAVEPOINT' && git reset HEAD~1 --hard
    llog = log --oneline @{upstream}..HEAD
    llp = log -p @{upstream}..HEAD
    lg = log --graph --pretty=format:'%Cred%h%Creset -%C(yellow)%d%Creset %s %Cgreen(%cr) %C(bold blue)<%an>%Creset' --abbrev-commit --date=relative
    # log tree
    lt = log --graph --simplify-by-decoration --pretty=format:'%d' --all
    # log list
    ls = log --pretty=format:"%C(yellow)%h%Cred%d\\ %Creset%s%Cblue\\ [%cn]" --decorate
    # longer log list
    ll = log --pretty=format:"%C(yellow)%h%Cred%d\\ %Creset%s%Cblue\\ [%cn]" --decorate --numstat
    # log list no color
    lnc = log --pretty=format:"%h\\ %s\\ [%cn]"
    # log oneline with dates
    lds = log --pretty=format:"%C(yellow)%h\\ %ad%Cred%d\\ %Creset%s%Cblue\\ [%cn]" --decorate --date=short
    # short git log
    le = log --oneline --decorate
    # quick good log
    l = log --graph --oneline --decorate --date=relative --all
    # filelog
    filelog = log -u
    fl = log -u
    # diff last commit
    dlc = diff --cached HEAD~1
    pr = pull --rebase
    pro = pull --rebase origin
    prom = pull --rebase origin mainline
    dag = log --graph --format='format:%C(yellow)%h%C(reset) %C(blue)\"%an\" <%ae>%C(reset) %C(magenta)%ar%C(reset)%C(auto)%d%C(reset)%n%s' --date-order
    dfn = diff --name-only
    diffn = diff --name-only
    permission-reset = !git diff -p -R | grep -E \"^(diff|(old|new) mode)\" | git apply
    # searches through all commits
    supergrep = !git rev-list --all | xargs git grep
    fo = fetch origin
    # show recent branches
    recent = for-each-ref --count=10 --sort=-committerdate refs/heads/ --format="%(refname:short)"

    scan = "!git clean -nx && git clean -ndx"
    nuke = "!git clean -fx && git clean -fdx"


Thanks for the detailed explanation Valentin. I wanted to write a bash script for git aliases so that I could learn both bash and git. That was my requirement and I guess it is time to make the changes to the my little code snippet.


f = !git fetch || echo "Gretchen, stop trying to make fetch happen\!"

I'm stealing this


Dang. There is such a thing as too many Git aliases. Seems to me that after a certain point, unless you have them all memorized, you'd start running into diminishing returns.


I don't use all of them and by no means have them all memorized.

For the most part, they're just acronyms: 'dw' == 'diff words'.

I also kind of use my git alias file as place to keep notes for commands.

You should see my shell alias file :P I like to joke that I hate typing.

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