Assorted git-related scripts and tools
- Git (duh!). Tested in v2.17.1 and prior versions since 2010
- Python (for
git-restore-mtime). Tested in Python 3.6, also works in Python 3.1+
- Bash (for all other tools). Tested in Bash 4, some may work in Bash 3 or even
Bash and Python are already installed by default in virtually all GNU/Linux distros. And you probably already have Git if you are interested in these tools. But if somehow you don't, the command to install dependencies for Debian-like distros (like Ubuntu/Mint) is:
sudo apt-get bash python3 git
On recent Debian, Ubuntu 16.04+, Mint and their derivatives, most tools are in the repositories as
sudo apt install git-restore-mtime
On Fedora 27+ and EPEL 6+, as root:
yum install git-tools
Gentoo Testing, also as root:
For manual installing to get most recent updates, just clone the repository and add the install directory to your
cd ~/some/dir git clone https://github.com/MestreLion/git-tools.git echo 'PATH=$PATH:~/some/dir/git-tools' >> ~/.profile # or ~/.bashrc
For the packaged versions, use your repository tools such as
For the manual install, just delete the directory! And, optionally, remove it from your
rm -rf ~/some/dir/git-tools sed -i '/git-tools/d' ~/.profile
This is a brief description of the tools. For more detailed instructions, see
--help of each tool.
Batch renames branches with a matching prefix to another prefix
$ git-rename-branches bug bugfix bug/128 -> bugfix/128 bug_test -> bugfix_test $ git-rename-branches ma backup/ma master -> backup/master main -> backup/main
Clones a subset of a git repository
git clone and
git filter-branch to remove from the clone all files but the ones requested, along with their associated commit history.
repository into a
destination directory and runs on the clone
git filter-branch --prune-empty --tree-filter 'git rm ...' -- --all to prune from history all files except the ones matching a
pattern, effectively creating a clone with a subset of files (and history) of the original repository.
Useful for creating a new repository out of a set of files from another repository, migrating (only) their associated history. Very similar to what
git filter-branch --subdirectory-filter does, but for a file pattern instead of just a single directory.
Recursively list repos with uncommitted changes
Recursively finds all git repositories in the given directory(es), runs
git status on them, and prints the location of repositories with uncommitted changes. The tool I definitely use the most.
Resolve rebase conflicts and failed cherry-picks by favoring 'theirs' version
git rebase, conflicts are usually wanted to be resolved by favoring the
working branch version (the branch being rebased, 'theirs' side in a rebase), instead of the
upstream version (the base branch, 'ours' side). But
git rebase --strategy -X theirs is only available from git 1.7.3. For older versions,
git-rebase-theirs is the solution. And despite the name, it's also useful for fixing failed cherry-picks
Restore original modification time of files based on the date of the most recent commit that modified them
Probably the most popular and useful tool, and the reason this repository was packaged into distros.
Git, unlike other version control systems, does not preserve the original timestamp of committed files. Whenever repositories are cloned, or branches/files are checked out, file timestamps are reset to the current date. While this behavior has its justifications (notably when using
make to compile software), sometimes it is desirable to restore the original modification date of a file (for example, when generating release tarballs). As git does not provide any way to do that,
git-restore-mtime tries to workaround this limitation.
For more information and background, see http://stackoverflow.com/a/13284229/624066
For TravisCI users, simply add this setting to
.travis.yml so it clones the full repository history:
git: depth: false
git-merge wrapper that delete files on a "foreign" branch before merging
Answer for "How to setup a git driver to ignore a folder on merge?", see http://stackoverflow.com/questions/3111515
$ git checkout master $ git-strip-merge design photoshop/*.psd
Patches are welcome! Fork, hack, request pull!
If you find a bug or have any enhancement request, please open a new issue
Rodrigo Silva (MestreLion) email@example.com
License and Copyright
Copyright (C) 2012 Rodrigo Silva (MestreLion) <firstname.lastname@example.org>. License GPLv3+: GNU GPL version 3 or later <http://gnu.org/licenses/gpl.html>. This is free software: you are free to change and redistribute it. There is NO WARRANTY, to the extent permitted by law.