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I came across Carolyn Van Slyck's article git wip: What the heck was I just doing?. She shared an excellent git alias (git wip) that shows all available branches and how long their last commit is ago.

output of "git wip" command showing available branches with time to the last commit

  wip = for-each-ref --sort='authordate:iso8601' --format=' %(color:green)%(authordate:relative)%09%(color:white)%(refname:short)' refs/heads

I tweaked it a bit to include the commit message of the last commit and changed it to zup, too.

  zup = for-each-ref --sort='authordate:iso8601' --format='%(color:green)%(authordate:relative)%09%(color:white)%(refname:short) / %(contents:subject)' refs/heads

That's the result. 👇

Output of `git zup` command showing available branches, the time ago and the last commit message

Love it! Thanks, Carolyn!

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