Git Forest


git-forest from hxtools is nice.

I like to look at a Git repository using some kind of pseudo-graphical representation of the hierarchy. The bottom line visualizer is usually the following alias in ~/.gitconfig (I usually put it all in one line, I don’t know if \\ works!):

lg = log --graph --abbrev-commit --date=relative --date-order \
    --format=format:'%C(yellow)%h%Creset -%C(yellow)%d%Creset %s %C(green)(%cr)%Creset %Cred<%an>%Creset'

This produces something like this (I don’t have much hierarchies in my blog…):

Git graphical log, basic

But… when there’s Perl and the possibility to install the Git module, I also like to use the utility git-forest from hxtools, setting the alias like this instead:

lg = !"git-forest --reverse --sha --style 10"

This yields the following (the items are in reversed order for my local choice):

Git graphical log, with git-forest

This is very nifty in my opinion!

I know there is also a git-foresta project, which is apparently an evolution of the initial project with the nice added benefit of being fatpacked, so batteries included! I’ll probably give it a try…

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