Configuring git to always show short SHAs?

Dave Smith dave at
Tue Feb 8 04:52:34 MST 2011

On Feb 8, 2011, at 4:44 AM, Dave Smith wrote:

> Is it possible to configure git to always display a short SHA (e.g., "a4fdc81"), such that it appears everywhere in that form, particularly in "git log"? I know about %h (vs. %H), but I just want to "set it and forget it" such that anywhere I could possibly see a commit SHA in git's output, it uses the short version.
> I've tried googling every combination of this question I can think of.

Answering my own question from man git-log:

You can setup an alias to git log that uses "git log --abbrev-commit", and that seems to provide the magic I want, at least for git-log. The git-reflog already seems to do what I want. Is there anywhere else I should do this? Perhaps not.


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