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A huge productivity boost in git with a single alias

xoubaman profile image Carlos Gándara ・1 min read

Small details can make a huge difference -- Somebody at some point, I guess

Add an alias in your shell to use g for git. You will save a lot of typing at the end of the day.

# in your .bashrc or equivalent
alias g='git'
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So now you will do g pull instead of the extremely verbose git pull.

As bonus points, some bits from my Git configuration. All the following is in ~/.gitconfig:

  • Using a global .gitignore with the usual suspects (.DS_Store, Thumbs.db, etc.)
[core]
excludesfile = ~/.gitignore-global
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  • I always want to pull --rebase, so I have it enabled by default:
[pull]
    rebase = true
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  • Git comes with a pretty much unknown autocorrect feature. If you mistype some command, it will execute it after some configured time. Enable it with the tenths of a second to do so:
[help]
    autocorrect = 5 
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  • And my current list of git aliases, in case it is inspiring to somebody. They print the actual command to do not forget what I am doing:
[alias]
    s        = !echo 'git status -s' && git status -s
    aa       = !echo 'git add .' && git add .
    c        = !echo 'git commit -m' && git commit -m
    co       = !echo 'git checkout' && git checkout
    amend    = !echo 'git commit --amend --no-edit' && commit --amend --no-edit
    amendall = !echo 'git add . && git commit --amend --no-edit' && git add . && git commit --amend --no-edit
    syncwith = !echo 'git pull --rebase origin' && git pull --rebase origin
    lg       = log --color --graph --pretty=format:'%Cred%h%Creset -%C(yellow)%d%Creset %s %Cgreen(%cr) %C(bold blue)%Creset' --abbrev-commit
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Final advice: try to optimize what you do over and over again during the day.

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