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02/09 — 2020
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Useful git aliases

I really enjoy using aliases for git commands because a) I’m lazy and b) it makes me feel more productive.

Some basic ones I use

alias ga="git add"
alias gc="git commit"
alias gd="git diff"
alias gch="git checkout"
alias gst="git status"
alias gp="git push -u origin master"
alias gpo="git push origin"
alias gb="git branch"
alias gcb="git checkout -b"

These ones are set up in my .bashrc file so that I can just execute them as is, i.e gc -> git commit.

Some more complex ones (except for fetch) in my .gitconfig I enjoy:

f = fetch
fu = fetch upstream master
track = branch --set-upstream-to=upstream/master master
parent = "!git show-branch | grep '*' | grep -v \"$(git rev-parse --abbrev-ref HEAD)\" | head -n1 | sed 's/.*\\[\\(.*\\)\\].*/\\1/' | sed 's/[\\^~].*//' #"
lg = log --oneline
last = log -1 HEAD

fu and track are useful for doing things when I’m working on a forked repository

parent shows the parent branch of the current working branch

lg shows commit history one line at a time

last shows information for the last commit

Whether they make me more productive or not, I just enjoy using them and see no reason not to.


I'm Liam.

I am compsci undergrad with a minor in mathematics @ mcgill university, rust enjoyer and (neo)vim enthusiast. For fun I enjoy working on open-source projects, reading, and lifting weights.

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