Here’s everything I know about
git without having to google. It isn’t much.
I type the following to edit the
$ git config --global alias.co checkout $ git config --global alias.br branch $ git config --global alias.ci commit $ git config --global alias.st status
Jeez, I had to google that. I couldn’t remember the
--global flag. Anyway I was close so I’ll count it for the purposes of this post…
git initinitializes the git repo locally. Then I have to check github to figure out how to get it up to a remote. I never remember how to type this off the top of my head.
git branchgives me a list of the branches that I have locally with a
*next to the one I’m on (but my I already know that from the terminal prompt). There are a gajillion options for
git branchbut I don’t know any of them. I use it so infrequently that I don’t even use the
git brabbreviation. Type
git branch -helpfor all the other things you can do.
git ciis my commit. I always use the args
avmso that I’m prompted to enter a message for the commit.
git pushpushes all the latest commits to my remote branch, alost always a github repo. Sometimes I have to copy/paste the
git push --remove-commmand-args-I-Don't-Remeberthat come back in an error message.
git cois my checkout. I switch to different branches or if I’m making a new branch I type
git co -b new_branch_name
git stis my status. Let’s me know what files have been changed, added or delete and not yet commited.
git logshows me the results of the last several commits & merges.
git mergelet’s me merge a branch into the current branch. If I wanted to merge the branch
masterbranch I’d type:
git co masterto make sure I was on the master branch and then
git merge new_branch_name. Things get messy here for me if there are conflicts. I almost never do this but I haven’t forgotten it. I usually use github Pull Requests instead of merger from the CLI.
git show sha_argshows me the result of a single commit that matches the SHA argument. You don’t actully type
sha_arg, you type the as many characters of the SHA as you have to type to point to a unique commit, and it’ll show you the details of the commit.
git stashThis is my life saver. Have you ever been working on some code, get ready to commit and realize you’re on the wrong branch? Usually it’s the master branch. I don’t want to commit it there, I want to commit it to some other branch. Well
git stashis your friend. If you haven’t commited the code yet, type
git stashand your uncommitted changes will be….stashed… somewhere in the git ether. Then create or move to the feature branch you should have been working on. Once there type
git stash popand the changes will pop out of the git ether and land in your current branch. You still need to commit them.
- If there are files that you don’t want
gitto track (files that contain secrets, private keys or config files that contain data you don’t want to kept to the repository), you can create(or edit if it already exists) the file
.git_ignore. If you had a
.git_ignorefile with that contained the lines…
*.json *key* howdy*
git would not track any file that ended with
.json, contained the characters
key or any file that started with
howdy. You will need to save and commit the changes to the
.git_ignore file. It’s a hidden file so you won’t normally see it, but it’s there.
Lastly, and I don’t have this memorized, but I have this gist handy to add the following lines top my
export PS1='$(git branch &>/dev/null; if [ $? -eq 0 ]; then \ echo "\[\e[0;32m\][GIT: \[\e[0;31m\]$(basename `pwd`); \[\e[0;33m\]$(git branch | grep ^*|sed s/\*\ //) \ $(echo `git status` | grep "nothing to commit" > /dev/null 2>&1; if [ "$?" -eq "0" ]; then \ echo "\[\e[0;32m\]clean"; else \ echo "\[\e[0;31m\]dirty"; fi)\[\e[0;32m\]] \$ "; else \ echo "\[\e[0;31m\][\w]\[\e[m\] \$ "; fi) \[\e[0m\]'
I can’t following everything going on in that bit of
bash but I don’t need to and neither do you. Anyway, that makes my command line give me more info if I’m in a directory under
git’s purview. Looks something like this:
That’s it. That’s all I know in my brain. I don’t know how to re-base branches or cherry pick commits. Those are commands that I hear talked about quite often, but I have never used them without someone else walking me through…every…single…step.