Running bash commands with git alias
This is a quick tip I learned recently and it allowed me to improve my
git workflow a bit more.
Here’s a new part of my
[alias] main = !git checkout main && git pull --no-tags sync = !git main && git switch - fuse = !git sync && git rebase main
This week I added these three alias to my
.gitconfig but, if you notice, they are not “regular” alias. The
! at their beginning tells Git that these are not alias to Git commands, but rather bash commands.
This gives you a simple but powerful way to chain executions, so I created three related alias that I can call depending on my goal:
- If I finished working on a branch and I want to get back to
mainand start with the most recent codebase, I’ll run
git main. Notice the
--no-tags, this is motivated by working on a large monorepo and not needing all the tags of the packages we keep updating;
- If I’m working on a branch and I want to quickly get any changes made to our
mainbranch but come back to the branch I’m in right now, I’ll call
git sync. As a note,
git switch -gets you back to the branch you were before you moved to the current branch you are now;
- Finally, if I want to bring the current branch I’m at up to speed with the latest code we’ve shipped, I’ll use
git fuse. It will do everything I described on the other commands so far and rebase our
mainbranch onto the current branch I’m at.