git Cheat Sheet

A handful of handy git commands that I don’t use all that often but want to keep track of:


Stash a single file

git stash push -m 'message here' -- path/to/file

Drop a specific stash

First figure out the id of the stash you want to drop with git stash list, then issue the following command

git stash drop stash@{n}

Editing Commits

Changing author of already pushed commit

If you need to change the author of a commit that has already pushed, interactive rebase is your friend

First, determine a commit on top of which you want to rebase the commit, or a series of commits. I usually just use the commit that the series of commits is based off of (the root of the branch).

In that case you can just rebase it against that branch (but the hash of a commit before the commit you want to edit works just as well)

git rebase -i main

Your editor will open and you will be able to mark the commit that you want to edit. Change the pick token for that commit to edit and save:quit from your editor. Git will then start rebasing each commit onto the branch/commit you specified and will stop when it reaches the commit you flagged for editing.

At this point, issue the following command (updating the specific email address and author name)

git commit --amend --author="Ryan Chapin <>" --no-edit

And then issue the commit to continue rebasing the remainder of the commits.


gitk is a GUI git client that has a lot of nice features and is easy to use

See orphaned branches and commits

Run gitk with the following command. Running git log with the same arguments will enable you to see the same commits, but it is much easier to browse and see with gitk.

gitk --all --reflog &
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