Keeping git status short
git status is one of the Git commands I use the most. I use it for a quick overview of what I’ve done since that last commit:
- Which files have changed?
- Which files have been added?
- Which files have been removed?
- Have I staged any of the files already?
But it outputs a lot of info…
➜ tempertemper.net git:(codeblock-layout) ✗ git status On branch feature/pre-spacing Your branch is ahead of 'codeblock-layout' by 2 commits. (use "git push" to publish your local commits) Changes not staged for commit: (use "git add <file>..." to update what will be committed) (use "git checkout -- <file>..." to discard changes in working directory) modified: src/scss/base/typography/_code.scss modified: src/scss/style.scss deleted: src/scss/components/_pre.scss Untracked files: (use "git add <file>..." to include in what will be committed) src/scss/base/_code.scss no changes added to commit (use "git add" and/or "git commit -a")
In this example, there’re only 4 lines that are of use:
- the two “modified” files
- the file I deleted
- the untracked file
All the rest is noise:
- I probably don’t care how many commits ahead of the remote branch I am at this point
- The instructions are repetitive – the
git add <file>...command is listed twice
- The instructions are unnecessary once you know how to stage files, discard changes and commit all changes
- I know what branch I’m on as it says it right there on the line where I typed the command
Seems like cheating, but just appending the
--short flag to your
git status command makes things a lot easier to look at. Even better, you can even shorten
git status -s
This outputs just those 4 lines I’m interested in:
➜ tempertemper.net git:(codeblock-layout) ✗ git status -s M src/scss/base/typography/_code.scss M src/scss/style.scss D src/scss/components/_pre.scss ?? src/scss/base/_code.scss
M markers tell me it’s a modified file,
D a deleted file, and
?? tells me it’s a newly added file.
If I add a couple of those to the staging area, they look like this:
➜ tempertemper.net git:(codeblock-layout) ✗ git status -s M src/scss/base/typography/_code.scss M src/scss/style.scss D src/scss/components/_pre.scss A src/scss/base/_code.scss
M moves to the left for staged files, to show they’re ready to commit, and the
?? becomes a left-aligned
So a simple
-s filters out all of the noise, leaving just the information I’m interested in.