Git checkout to a remote branch

There are many ways to checkout to a remote branch of a repository. The simplest one is creating a new branch in your local repository with the same name of the remote one, git fetch, and then git checkout to the new branch.

But there is an even simpler way to do so, with the use of a single git flag: -t <remote_branch>

Like this:

14:01:38 ✘ dbkreling:(master)~/my-application/src$ git branch -r
 origin/HEAD -> origin/master

I want to checkout the develop branch, still not one of my branches. Then:

14:03:44 ✔ dbkreling:(master)~/my-application/src$ git checkout -t origin/develop
 Branch develop set up to track remote branch develop from origin.
 Switched to a new branch 'develop'

 14:06:36 ✔ dbkreling:(develop)~/my-application/src$ git branch
 * develop

Hope it helps.


Creating Git Aliases from Command Line

Creating git aliases is as easy as it is useful to speed your production time in development. The hard way — not so hard, actually — is as simple as adding a string in your /home/$USER/.gitconfig file. Like so:

    co = checkout
    st = status
    unstage = reset HEAD --
    wc = whatchanged

Well, if you do not have any aliases configured yet, create an [alias] block there and start appending your aliases.

However, the easiest way is to issue a command line in your terminal, and the alias will be added for you and will be ready to be used. E.g.:

git config --global status


git config --global alias.wc whatchanged

Keep adding them as you wish.

To use them, just issue git <your-alias> [args]  from the command line.

Go ahead and share your most used aliases in the comments.

Thanks for reading.

Remove single file from a commit

1. Undo the last patch, without scrapping the changes:

-> $ git reset --soft HEAD^

2. Then reset the unwanted files in order to leave them out from the commit:

-> $ git reset HEAD path/to/unwanted_file

3. Now commit again, you can even re-use the same commit message:

-> $ git commit -c ORIG_HEAD


How to enable git-completion on PS1 variable

A nicer bash prompt I use includes a git completion script that indicates the branch of a repository I may be into. Like this:


Green indicates “master” is clean and no modified files are present. Red indicates there is something new in that branch.

In order to configure that, I had to include some instructions on my .bashrc file. It looks like this:

# git completion
source /usr/share/git-core/contrib/completion/


PS1=’\[\e[01;30m\]\t`if [ $? = 0 ]; then echo “\[\e[32m\] ✔ “; else echo “\[\e[31m\] ✘ “; fi`\[\e[00;40;37m\]\u\[\e[01;37m\]:`[[ $(git status 2> /dev/null | head -n2 | tail -n1) != “# Changes to be committed:” ]] && echo “\[\e[31m\]” || echo “\[\e[33m\]”“[[ $(git status 2> /dev/null | tail -n1) != “nothing to commit, working directory clean” ]] || echo “\[\e[32m\]”`$(__git_ps1 “(%s)\[\e[00m\0]”)\[\e[01;34m\]\w\[\e[00m\]\$ ‘

Now, sometimes (in a new environment mostly), we may configure the .bashrc just the way we want it and then:


Boom! You see a big "__git_ps1: command not found"  message.

That is because you don’t have the file you included in the directory loaded at the top of you .bashrc file (the /usr/share/git-core/contrib/completion/

So in order to get rid of that, we need to include it. The file is available in contrib/completion/git-prompt.bash from the git repository git://

So after you clone it, you should simply copy the missing files to your system file system. In my case, I preferred to copy the whole “completion” dir to my file systems, as I did not have it. So:

$ sudo cp -r completion/ /usr/share/git-core/contrib/

Now I have my git-completion.bash file in the correct place. Let’s see if that worked when running a new bash session:


Great! Worked like a charm.

Let me know if you have a different solution for it or if this did not solve your problem.

Thanks for reading.


Technically Speaking was used as a reference for this post.