July 26, 2019

Simple GIT identities (overrides in general) management

I need to be committing intro different repositories under different user identities. To Open Source ones with my private email, while using work email for work-related commits/repos.

Typically, you would use repo-specific identities. For example (my work repo):

git config user.name "Antonin Kral"
git config user.email antonin.kral@dtone.com

Now, that is error-prone and painful. I have discovered a neat feature of git (since 2.13) which allows for conditional inclusion of configuration files. Let’s assume the following configuration files:

# ~/.gitconfig

    email = a.kral@bobek.cz
    name = Antonin Kral

[includeIf "gitdir:~/Sources/dtone/"]
  path = .gitconfig_dtone
# ~/.gitconfig_dtone

   name = Antonin Kral
   email = antonin.kral@dtone.com

And that’s it. Every time I work with repo, which is cloned under ~/Sources/dtone, my identity will be automatically changed to work one. This is not limited to identities; you can override anything you want.