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Automation our git status command in Bash!

4 Sep, 2020 · 3 min read

Are you:

  • ✅ Tired of failing to git commit
  • ✅ Sick of having staged changes
  • ✅ Colleagues complaining they’re missing code
  • ✅ Angry because your laptop fried, and you didn’t commit?

Then this article is for you!

Today we will make a bash script that we can run at the end of our day. It will loop through our project directory and tell us the following statistics per project:

  • Is it a git repo
  • Did you forget to commit something
  • Do we have unstated changes

Have a look at hacking your morning routine!

It will look like this:

Bash git commit prompt script

Today we’ll be looking at a single bash script. I’m going through this section by section. Finally, I’ll link it on GitHub for you to download.

We will start by defining our variables.

Change the DIR to your project folder.


Then we need to loop over each subdirectory in our projects folder.

for dir in $DIR*
    // Loop here

Then inside the loop, we need first to check if it’s a directory we are checking:

if [[ -d $dir ]]; then
    // Yes I'm a directory

You can see we check the dir based on the -d (directory)

If it’s a directory, we can work with it:

We’ll cd into the directory and define an empty message.

cd $dir

Then we check if it’s a git project. If it’s not a git project, we change our message.

if [ -d "$GITBASED" ]; then
        // Git-based!
    // Not a valid git project
    MSG=": Not a valid git project 👀"

If it is a git project, we will first define a test variable that will execute git status.

TEST=$(git status $dir);

Our variable TEST now contains the return value of git status. Now we will use some if...else statements to check if it contains certain substrings:

if [[ $TEST == *"nothing to commit"* ]]; then
    MSG=": No changes ✅"
// Check if git status has unstaged changes
elif [[ $TEST == *"Changes not staged for commit"* ]]; then
    MSG=": Unstaged changes 🤷‍♂️"
// Check if git status has uncommitted changes
elif [[ $TEST == *"Untracked files"* ]]; then
    MSG=": You forgot to commit some files 😡"

And lastly, we will echo the message prefixed with the project name and change it back to a directory.

echo ${dir##*/}$MSG
cd ..

That’s it!

If we run our script, we will get all lines per project folder with the status.

Run it with: sh

No more reasons to forget your commits!

Find the project on my GitHub afterwork.

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