Aliasing for easier use

First steps in order to provide GitHub your identity and make your commits prettier, is to configure your name and email. You may simply do so by running the following command:

$ git config --global "John Doe"
$ git config --global

Git config provides a wide range of options, which you may find here

Now, let's add a few aliases for convenience

Under your home folder, there is a hidden file called .gitconfig. In this file you may set the following options simply by editing the file

$  vim ~/.gitconfig
        name = Fotis Alexandrou
        email =
        com = commit
        co = checkout
        br = branch
        st = status
        last = cat-file commit HEAD
        cloner = =
        ui = true
        quotepath = false
        excludesfile = /Users/Fotis/.gitignore_global
        editor = vim
        filemode = false
        tool = vimdiff

Under [aliases] you see that we can now use shorter versions of git commands such as

$ git st # stands for "git status"
$ git co # stands for "git checkout"

There also are options for excludesfile which is the files that contains the patterns to ignore when commiting, and an option for [merge] which is the editor to use when resolving conflicts, but we'll discuss these matters later on

Written on March 3, 2015