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git tips

I'll show some tips like usage, configuration and thought of mine for git.

First of all, it's better to configure aliases with with ~/.gitconfig based on ~/gitconfig because I'll notate with my aliases of git sub-commands.

To see diff to previous commit

All commits of git are node of linked list which has parent node apart from initial commit. Merged commit has two parents. It's easy to learn for programmers =)

git diff HEAD^ shows diff b/w HEAD and its previous commit.

HEAD is current commit you are at and one of nodes for a linked list. HEAD^ shows the parent commit.

Staging, unstaging and commit

To add all unstaged changes, git add -u

To revert all changes in stage, git reset .

To commit all changes, git ci -am <commit log>


Easy branching. git co -b spike

This is a shorthand of blew commands.

git branch spike
git checkout spike

If you want a branch which its old history is dropped, you can use --orphan option.

git co --orphan new-history

It makes a new branch which all files are staged. If you commit them, simply git ci -m "initial commit", The new history will start.

Squash merge

git merge --squash a-spike takes all changes of a-spike into the current branch and let them be on stage like --orphan option.

If you commit as is, you can shrink the changes at one commit.

Arrangement of history with rebase --interactive

rebase --interactive is so powerful command to modify your commit history, but it may let you miss your important commit and get confused if you don't know right way to use the command.

I recommend you can use rebase -i before push your commits to remote repository like github in order to refine commit log until you get used to rebase command.


As ~/.gitconfig, you can make your git settings. For example, this is mine.

ci = commit
st = status
co = checkout
br = branch
lg = log --graph --pretty=format:'%Cred%h%Creset - %an - %C(yellow)%d%Creset %s %Cgreen(%cr)%Creset' --abbrev-commit --date=relative
sb = show-branch
diffst = diff --stat=200,100

email = xxxxxxxx@xxxxxxxxxxxx
name = Tomotaka Sakuma

status = auto
branch = auto
tag = auto
commit = auto
diff = auto
interactive = auto
ui = auto

user = tmtk75
token = xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx