Git Notes and Commands


System-level configuration, for the entire computer c:\Program Files (x86)\Git\etc\gitconfig. Accessed by:

git config --system

User-level configuration, stored in c:\users<name>.gitconfig

git config --global

Repository level configuration, stored .git/config

git config

Show all global options

git config --global --list

Setting properties on global

git config --global
git config --global

Configuring core editor

git config --global core.editor "'C:/Program Files (x86)/Notepad++/notepad++.exe' -multiInst -notabbar -nosession -noPlugin"

Configuring beyond compare

git config --global diff.tool bc3
git config --global difftool.bc3.path "c:/program files (x86)/beyond compare 3/bcomp.exe"
git config --global difftool.prompt false
git config --global merge.tool bc3
git config --global mergetool.bc3.path "c:/program files (x86)/beyond compare 3/bcomp.exe"
git config --global mergetool.prompt false
git config --global mergetool.keepbackup false
git config --global mergetool.keeptemporaries false

Configuring auto correct for the git commands

git config --global help.autocorrect 1

Use colors to show a lot of git information

git config --global color.ui auto

Auto carriage return line feed. False is for windows only will submit it as is. True will convert. Input is for mac, it will convert crlf into lf.

git config --global core.autocrlf false

To remove a setting

git config --unset

You can also edit the config files yourself.

Working Locally

Creating a local repository
git init
git status
git add file.txt
git status
git commit

Look at the history and see the commit SHA:

git log

Add all modified/updated files

get add -u

Commit with message

git commit -m "Message"

To view the diffs between SHA1 hashes

git diff dd2929..333322

Easier, latest commit is know as HEAD

git diff HEAD~1..HEAD
git diff HEAD~1..

Add all files including untracked files

git add -A

Stage as two different commits, add specific files and then commit.

git add file1.txt 
git commit
Deleting Files

Delete the file first. Then stage the deletion with

git add -u

Rename the file first then:

git add -A

To clear out unstaged changed to the README.txt file

git checkout README.txt

To do a global clear out, and remove all unstaged changes

git reset --hard

To take out the last commit out of the repository and move back to the staging area, that way you can change that commit around

git reset --soft HEAD~1 make changes

git commit -m "reorganized commit"

To delete last commit and discard all the changes

git reset --hard HEAD~1

Remove unstaged files

git clean -n //what would it do
git clean -f //performs the operation

Create a file that will list all of the files and directories that need to be omitted.

Working Remote

clone repository

git clone https://....

see list of commits

git log

commits per line

git log --oneline

see number of commits

git log --oneline | wc -1

see the graph

git log --graph

Authors and commit messages

git shortlog

Statistics about authors

git shortlog -sne

Look at the specific commit

git show HEAD
git show HEAD~10
git show 939393

Look at the remotes, origin is the git default where the repository came from

git remote
git remote -v //verbose shows remote  urls

To see the repository config

cat .get/config

Display all the branches in the repository

git branch

Display all the remote branches

git branch -r

Look at the tags, known stable versions

git tags

To add a remote repository, is commonly down to evaluate patches and pull requests into your project

git remote add origin

Once remote repository is added you can

git fetch  //all 
git fetch origin

to see changes on remote repository

get log origin/master

Merge remote branch into the your current branch

git merge origin/master

Fast forward means, replay commits that happen if there were no other changes and move the HEAD

Shortcut for git fetch; git merge origin/master is

git pull

To set your branch to mirror some other remote branch, or remote tracking branch, or upstream tracking.

git branch --set-upstream master origin/master

If you can also specify without setting the remote like this. origin is the remote name and master is the remote branch.

git pull origin master

Git commit and add modified files together

git commit -am "Some message"

Push your changes to the remote

git push

To remove the origin on the current branch

git remote rm origin

to tag a current version, or stable point

git tag v1.0.0

to create tag with the annotation

git tag -a v1.0

To create a tag with the signature, signed with the password

git tag -s v1.0

To verify a tag

git tag -v v1.0

To push tags to remote (by default git would not push tags)

git push --tags

Branching Merging and Rebasing with Git

list of the commits on the current branch with a graph

git log --graph --oneline

To visualize all branches, decorate applies the branch and tag information

git lot --graph --oneline --all --decorate

Adding aliases in the git config

git config --global alias.lga "log --graph --oneline --all --decorate"
git config --global alias.lg "log --graph --all --pretty=format:'%C(bold)%h%Creset -%C(auto)%d%Creset %s %C(green dim)(%cr)%Creset %C(ul)<%an>'"
git lga
git lg
cat ~/.gitconfig

To Create a new branch

git branch feature1

Checkout new branch

git checkout feature1

Big difference between branches and tags is that tags always stay on the same commit where branches move along.

git checkout master 

Create a branch from a specific commit

git branch fix1 9929292
git checkout fix1

To rename a branch is to move it

git branch -m fix1 bug1234

To delete a branch

git branch -d bug1234

To force delete a branch

git branch -D bug1234

To create a branch and checkout (shortcut)

git checkout -b feature2

To get back a deleted branch. From a dangling commit, a commit that doesn’t have a home. These are kept for 30 days.

git reflog // log of all references
git branch bug1234 5a78c8b //with the first 8 of the SHA

To see head

git show HEAD

Save half completed work is to stash it. Temporary holding area for the changes that are not committed to the branch.

git stash
git status
git stash list //holding area
git stash apply //to pull the changes back
git stash pop //applies it and removes it from the list


Merge fiture1 into the current branch

git merge feature1
git branch -d feature1 //deletes unused branch

Fast forward merge, is just moving the branch label into the new location.

To resolve conflicts using the merge tool

git mergetool

Compare the repository to the staging area

git diff --cached


You can play back your commits on a certain branch rather creating a branch if there are no conflicts. Rebase current branch on top of master

git rebase master

You can also use mergetool to solve merge conflicts and then continue

git rebase --continue

Cherry Pick

If you need to get one commit and apply it on top of a branch.

git cherrypick sks939ss

#Working with remote

git fetch origin master //get latests
git push origin master 

to push a branch to remote

git push origin v1.0_fixes

list remote branches

git branch -r

To delete remote branch, push to the remote without specifying the local name

git push origin :v1.0_fixes_remote_branch_name

Complete Configuration File