Git how to save a preset git log –format

Issue

I really like the short git log format where I can see author, date and change description like this:

git log --pretty=format:"%h%x09%an%x09%ad%x09%s"

Which outputs:

  fbc3503 mads    Thu Dec 4 07:43:27 2008 +0000   show mobile if phone is null...   
  ec36490 jesper  Wed Nov 26 05:41:37 2008 +0000  Cleanup after [942]: Using timezon
  ae62afd tobias  Tue Nov 25 21:42:55 2008 +0000  Fixed #67 by adding time zone supp
  164be7e mads    Tue Nov 25 19:56:43 2008 +0000  fixed tests, and a 'unending appoi

(from stackoverflow question “link text“)

Now, the question is, how do I save this as a new format on my machine so I only have to write something like, for instance:

git log --format=jespers_favourite

Solution

Considering the git log manual page mentions:

--pretty[=<format>]
--format[=<format>]

Pretty-print the contents of the commit logs in a given format, where can be one of oneline, short, medium, full, fuller, email, raw and format:. When omitted, the format defaults to medium.

the <format> can only have predefined values.
That only leaves you the possibility to define an alias as a shortcut for that command.

[alias]
        jespers_favourite = log --pretty=format:"%h%x09%an%x09%ad%x09%s"

or

[alias]
        compactlog = log --pretty=format:"%h%x09%an%x09%ad%x09%s"

Rokit adds in the comments:

Escaping the quotes worked until I tried adding custom colors.
For that, I also had to add an additional set of regular quotes around the escaped ones, e.g.

log --pretty=format:"\"%C(#9be3bc) %s\""

Answered By – VonC

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