May 22, 2015:  ~ 1 min read

Terminal improvements for git

Improvement #1: adding the current branch name after the current path. Add this in your .bash_profile file:

parse_git_branch() {
    git branch 2> /dev/null | sed -e '/^[^*]/d' -e 's/* \(.*\)/ (\1)/'

export CLICOLOR=1
export LSCOLORS=GxFxCxDxBxegedabagaced
export PS1='\[\e[0;32m\]\u\[\e[0m\]:\[\e[0;33m\]\w\[\e[0m\]\[\e[0;35m\]$(parse_git_branch)\[\e[0m\]$ '

And the outcome is user:path (branch_name) $. The user is green, the path is yellow, the branch_name is purple and everything else is white.

Improvement #2: autocompletion for branch names. Again, add this in your .bash_profile file:

if [ -f ~/.git-completion.bash ]; then
  . ~/.git-completion.bash

I find these pretty useful. Actually, I find them indispensable after a prolonged use. Don't forget to tweak the colors to your own preferences.

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