Smart commit on Bitbucket for JIRA

Smart Commits allow repository committers to perform actions such as transitioning JIRA Software issues or creating Crucible code reviews by embedding specific commands into their commit messages

The basic command line syntax for a Smart Commit message is:

<ignored text> <ISSUE_KEY> <ignored text> #<COMMAND> <optional COMMAND_ARGUMENTS>

What can be done:
comment on issues

  • record time tracking information against issues
  • transition issues to any status defined in the JIRA Software project’s workflow.

This post contains information on how to avoid the commit messages formatting mistakes
However we have,

git commit --amend

to change the git commit message later on . It’s useful to maintain a format to avoid later on changes on git commit messages

How to add Git formatter to avoid commit message mistakes?
Git formatter checks for the format of the commit messages and only allows which satisfies the format of smart commits

By this way we can avoid the mistakes which could happen in commit message formats.

To add Git formatter we need to replace a file in the .Git folder of your local git repository.

Step 1:
Open hooks folder in .Git folder on your local repository

cd .git/hooks

Step 2:
Rename the commit-msg.sample file to commit-msg

mv commit-msg.sample commit-msg

Step 3:
Now edit the file

sudo vim commit-msg

Replace it with following content

#!/usr/bin/env bash
# set this to your active development branch
current_branch="$(git rev-parse --abbrev-ref HEAD)"
# only check commit messages on main development branch
[ "$current_branch" != "$develop_branch" ] && exit 0
# regex to validate in commit msg
error_msg="Commit message rejected!. Your commit message is missing either a JIRA Issue ('YOURBOARD-999') with status '#(in-review|to-do|in-progress|done)' or 'merge'"
if ! grep -iqE "$commit_regex" "$1"; then
    echo "$error_msg" >&2
    exit 1

Step 4:
write and quit


Now, the formatter is setup


Whenever we try to add a git commit message formatter checks for the format, If that doesn’t satisfy it’ll reject the commit message, So that it’s easy to keep check on the smart commit message format.

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