Git workflow and my new love of Git alias

christine on July 24, 2018

For good or bad, my current Git workflow does not include merges, but rebasing. It keeps the history cleaner, works with the established workf... [Read Full]

And why not just shell aliases instead? Unless you're switching between shells, I don't see the point of using git st rather than gs or gst...


I use oh my zsh and git aliases that comes along. But at times type in the whole command atleast once in a week so I don't forget them.


Whatever floats your boat.

I like git aliases because they help with separation of concerns and keep my .aliases file a little less bloated.


You can display version history on github in Insights/Network.
github graph

I don't agree with fast-forward merges aka rebase with no merge. For me, a branch is a separated idea and master is a collection of references to those ideas.

I understand that a flat (rebase) git-flow with history manipulation makes sense for usage with git in bash where the commit history is displayed in a linear fashion. However, I don't agree that this approach is better, compared to a two dimensional (merge) git-flow in a visual git. Also changing the Feature's commit history even slightly makes it difficult, for a reviewer, to understand your mind flow and reasoning.
I was on a project, where everyone squashed their branches to a single commit before rebasing onto a master and I can tell you, you don't want to review this.

rebase flow

Compare with this
(BTW, you can always use --first-parent to hide branch commits.)
merge flow

An excellent quote from etcwilde

Another issue is fast-foward merging. Many people are afraid of merge commits, and without a good visualization merge commits just complicate things, so they do fast-forward merges. Yeah, it gets rid of the merge commits, but since branches are usually separate ideas, the merge commits are like the separation of paragraphs. Yeah, you could write a book without paragraphs, but it will suck. Don't do that to your repositories, or they will suck too.


Excellent points! I am actually in favor of merge commits, but my teams current workflow does not use them. It's something that I would like to try and get added into our git workflow, but we'll see ¯_(ツ)_/¯

The quote from etcwilde is a great example! Also thanks for pointing out where the visualization was at on gitub, just kinda wish it had a great commit range on it.


Nice. Hey, give —fixup commits a shot. after while commit messages are like “fixup: fixup: fixup: feature” , but after interactive rebase it is all nice.

Ad aliases: i am not friend of them, i try to use as little as posible of them, because when ine use aliases, it make him forgot command it stands for.
i only use my “git tree” to pretty oneline log and some forcepushes to specified branches
edit: here are my only aliases:

list = log --oneline --decorate -n
tree = log --oneline --decorate --all --graph -n
deploy-dev = push origin HEAD:_dev -f
deploy-prod = push origin HEAD:_prod -f
deploy-both = !git deploy-dev && git deploy-prod

if i should have onyl one, it is tree


I agree, we'll get used to our own environment and then when we use someone else's we forget what the commands stand for.

The ones you listed seem to be the 'basic' aliases you should have to make your work easier.


Yes! :) exactly...
you are on another computer (your prod server) and you need to do something in git. if you use all heavy aliases, then you just can't do anything, because in fact, you do not know how to git :D :)

yes, listed ones are absolutelly basic for me


Here is ...everyone else aliases, that uses bash-it I mean.

I'm tired to say what is wrong in having custom personal aliases and shortcuts, instead I just give this link :))


The first git alias I would like to share is git aliases:

aliases = !git config --get-regexp 'alias.*' | colrm 1 6 | sed 's/[ ]/ = /' | sort

The one I could not live without is a git log alias:

lola = log --graph --pretty='%Cred%h%Creset -%C(yellow)%d%Creset %s %Cgreen(%cr) %C(bold blue)<%an>%Creset' --all

I often use a git oops and a gwip and gunwip (available in git plugin for oh-my-zsh):

gwip='git add -A; git rm $(git ls-files --deleted) 2> /dev/null; git commit --no-verify -m "--wip-- [skip ci]"'

gunwip='git log -n 1 | grep -q -c "\-\-wip\-\-" && git reset HEAD~1'
oops = commit --amend --no-edit

And the very classical gapa and gst:

gapa='git add --patch'
gst='git status'

(note: some are git aliases, some are bash aliases)


My new favorite alias is fixup --amend. Lets you amend to a specific commit, not need to be the latest one.

fixup = "!f() { TARGET=$(git rev-parse "$1"); git commit --fixup=$TARGET ${@:2} && EDITOR=true git rebase -i --autostash --autosquash $TARGET^; }; f"



Thanks for sharing, this is definitely something I will be checking out.


I don't use any git aliases because I don't like to rely on them on foreign systems. At odds with that, I have a bunch of wrapper scripts which are workflow- or project-specific which I use all the time :)


I use the alias from git plugin (oh my zsh)
gst for git status for example
It's pretty cool


oh-my-zsh has the coolest git alias ever.

  • gst : git status
  • ggpush: git push origin master
  • ggpull: git pull origin master
  • glo

Complex ones but handy

  • glog
  • glol

Congrats for the great post Christine!! I loved it


Agreed. But you then also need to merge with --no-ff to avoid polluting your master. Renaming for public branches rebase is also a must to avoid push force drama.


For aliases and shell/git configuration, a few pearls:
with oh-my-zsh/git and others according to your tastes. (♥ gloga)

--rebase by default on git pull is comfortable too.


I like prettying up the log to make it a bit more palatable, here's an example (not mine).


Thanks for the post Christine. We rebase where I work as well. Here's my aliases,


Ooh nice, I think I will add a couple of these onto my file too!


I did not know about ‘git diff --patience’ until today. Thanks Christine!
I have a few aliases that I find useful.

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