Review commits in your feature branch

Github pull requests are awesome, but you can’t use them all the time, mostly when working on code not hosted at github.

The following snippet makes it easy to see the commits in your current (head) branch that are not yet in the base branch.

To see what commits are made in your current feature branch, but which have not been merged into develop yet:

$ gpr develop
* 5246248 <> (HEAD, origin/feature-branch, feature-branch) Implements the awesome feature (50 minutes ago)
* 4f55b7c <> Write specs for awesome feature (2 hours ago)


To achieve this, add the following alias to ~/.gitconfig:

    lg = log --graph --pretty=format:'%Cred%h%Creset %Cblue<%ae>%C(yellow)%d%Creset %s %Cgreen(%cr)%Creset' --abbrev-commit --date=relative

And the following alias to your ~/.bashrc or ~/.zshrc:

alias gpr="git --no-pager lg HEAD --not $1"

Bonus tip

After reviewing the commits in your feature branch with gpr, use hub to attach your code to a github issue:

hub pull-request -i 42 -h ariejan:feature-branch -b you:develop
Ariejan de Vroom
Software Engineer and Electronics Tinkerer