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Expanding keywords in Git

Published: Thursday 2009-08-13.

A common migration problem with Git is that Git does not have support for expanding RCS-like keywords. Several other systems have support for, for instance, inserting the time of the last check-in into a document by adding a place-holder on the form $Date$. Git does not, and this is considered to be by design.

I understand the arguments they give and in most cases I can live without this particular functionality. But when particularly considering having my web site in Git I would very much like to have it. Most of my pages have a date stamp at the end of the page which describes the date it was last updated, and I am much too forgetful to keep it updated by myself. I first tried a method that uses filters, but that did not work out very well. After testing various options, I have solved it by using a so called pre-commit hook:

#!/bin/bash -e

# Find base commit
if git-rev-parse --verify HEAD >/dev/null 2>&1
  # Initial commit: diff against an empty tree object

# Set up Date substitution
export NOW=$(date +"%Y-%m-%d %H:%M:%S")
for file in $(git diff-index --cached --diff-filter=AM --name-only $against); do
  if git check-attr datereplace -- "$file" | grep 'datereplace: true' > /dev/null; then
    perl -w -i.bak -e 'my $now = $ENV{"NOW"};
$now =~ s/[^-:0-9 ]//g;
while (<>)
 if (/\$Date:?[^\$]*\$/)
   s/\$Date:?[^\$]*\$/\$Date: ${now} \$/;
}' "$file"
    git update-index --add "$file"

exit 0

I have no doubt that it can be done in a cleaner fashion, but this works to my satisfaction for my use-case, so I am happy with it for the time being.

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  • Datum: 2009-08-13 19.27.14 CEST
  • Namn: Anders Carlsson
  • Sänt från: ******************

Du kanske också skulle kunna frilansa på Utbildningsradion?

-"Välj den fil du vill kopiera och skriv sedan chmod ifs /dev/null, vc. Vc ska sedan pipa till vg print $1, fpath ls -la $param, exec tempfile trap. Här kommer processen att forka, och child kommer sen att gå vidare till rm -f, optparse rmm typeset l1 -r .current, scanf grep .sh .dflag. Sen forkar processen igen och skickar resultatet till en pipe, som du sedan kopplar till den fil som du vill kopiera!"

(få se om ditt antispamfilter släpper igenom det här?)

  • Datum: 2009-08-14 10.02.16 CEST
  • Namn: Peter Krefting
  • Sänt från: *******

Jag har tänkt lyfta ut de miniguider jag skrivit här till en egen avdelning på vävplatsen, men som allt så kräver det att jag sätter mig ner och faktiskt gör det :-)

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