# Development

Git-Tool is capable of more than just file organization, its great cross-platform autocomplete support makes it ideally suited to solving some other common problems we run into during our day-to-day development.

# switch v2.1.16+

Git has recently shipped with a wonderful new switchopen in new window command which simplifies changing branches (when compared to the sometimes confusing git branch and git checkout -B combination). We're big fans of Git-Tool's autocomplete though, so we've wrapped all the lovely git goodness up in Git-Tool and paired it with our search engine to make your life just that much easier.

WARNING

This command has replaced the old gt branch command since v2.2.0 as it serves the same purpose and uses the same command line arguments.

# Aliases

  • gt switch
  • gt sw
  • gt branch
  • gt b
  • gt br

# Options

  • -N, --no-create prevents the branch from being created if it doesn't exist already.

# Example

# Checks out the feature/demo branch, creating it if it doesn't exist yet
gt sw feature/demo

# Checks out the feature/demo branch if it exists
gt b -N feature/demo
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# ignore v1.0+

Setting up your .gitignore files and keeping them updated can be a bit of a faff. It takes time, it doesn't add much core value and we often forget little things when then require us to clean out repo history.

gitignore.ioopen in new window is one approach to solving this. It offers a wide range of pre-built .gitignore files for different languages and frameworks. Git-Tool gives you a command which combines this with some useful metadata to allow quick updates and additions.

# Aliases

  • gt ignore
  • gt gitignore

# Options

  • --path allows you to specify the path to the .gitignore file you wish to update. By default, this will be ./.gitignore.

# Example

# View the list of all supported .gitignore languages/frameworks
gt ignore

# Add a .gitignore file (or update your existing one) for Node.js and C#
gt ignore node csharp
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TIP

Git-Tool will automatically fetch the latest ignore files from gitignore.ioopen in new window for the languages you have added whenever you run gt ignore $LANG and retain changes you made outside the metadata blocks.