Show git branches by date - useful for showing active branches

for k in `git branch|perl -pe s/^..//`;do echo -e `git show --pretty=format:"%Cgreen%ci %Cblue%cr%Creset" $k|head -n 1`\\t$k;done|sort -r
Print out list of all branches with last commit date to the branch, including relative time since commit and color coding.
Sample Output
2009-06-03 12:21:35 +0900 3 hours ago	add_cool_functionality
2009-06-02 16:15:13 +0900 24 hours ago	remove_strange_bug
2009-06-02 16:12:20 +0900 24 hours ago	implement_observer
2009-06-02 14:42:58 +0900 25 hours ago	experiment_with_bobcat_feature

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By: brunost
2009-06-03 08:25:00

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Is there a good way to add that to the git alias?
youthenme · 561 weeks ago
You can't add it as a git alias because it's using a bash for loop to run the command several times. What you can do is add a script at /usr/local/bin/git-branch-dates containing: #!/bin/bash for k in `git branch|perl -pe s/^..//`;do echo -e `git show --pretty=format:"%Cgreen%ci %Cblue%cr%Creset" $k|head -n 1`\\t$k;done|sort -r Git automatically searches through any bash scripts on your path that start with git- so you can now run: git branch-dates and the script will be run.
unixmonkey36469 · 449 weeks and 4 days ago
Of course you can add it as a git alias! A git alias which is "!f() { ...bash script here...; }; f" works just fine. So, if you add an alias which says brel = "!f() { for k in `git branch|perl -pe s/^..//`;do echo -e `git show --pretty=format:'%Cgreen%ci %Cblue%cr%Creset' $k|head -n 1` \\\t$k; done | sort -r; }; f" git brel will do the proper thing. Of course, the single command git for-each-ref --sort=-committerdate --format='%1B[32m%(committerdate:iso8601) %1B[34m%(committerdate:relative) %1B[0;m%(refname:short)' refs/heads/ is easier to alias :)
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