Jason Meridth

I am a continuously learning senior full stack SDE/SRE trying to not let best be the enemy of better.

Automatically Execute Mistyped Git Commands

22 May 2012 » » git

I use the command line with Git. I do this because I type faster than I use my mouse. It is a personal preference. Due to this, I sometimes fat finger Git commands. Yeah, it does happen. For example, I can type:

$ git chekcout -b new_branch_name

Notice the checkout command is mistyped (kc instead of ck). I misspell that and branch (usually brnach) often. Git will usually give notice this and give you a suggestion on which command you might have meant.


$ git chekcout -b new_branch
git: 'chekcout' is not a git command. See 'git --help'.

Did you mean this?

There is hope for us misspellers. There is a Git config option called help.autocorrect. “If you set help.autocorrect to 1, Git will automatically run the command if it has only one match under this scenario”.

To set it:

$ git config --global help.autocorrect 1

Then when you misspell again:

$ git chekcout -b new_branch
WARNING: You called a Git command named 'chekcout', which does not exist.
Continuing under the assumption that you meant 'checkout'
in 0.1 seconds automatically...
Switched to a new branch 'new_branch'

Git warns you that it will be making an assumption. That is nice. It just speeds things up and allows me to keep misspelling things. Hardy har har.