I'm running a very rapid code-compile-test loop where I am amending changes to my commits far more often than not.

For example:

# Make some changes
$ git commit -m "Added feature X"
# Compile, test
# Fix bugs
$ git commit -a --amend

I usually want the same commit message after I fix my bugs. Is there a way to make git skip firing up my EDITOR and just use the original commit message?

Jacek Laskowski
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You can just add --no-edit to use the last message. This option existed since 2005 but only recently has been enabled for the --amend option.

The other way is to add -C HEAD to the commit command with amend option. This allows you to not just use the current commit's message but you can specify any other reference you like, so it's worth remembering it.

This is particularly useful when constructing a commit from various places in history and using one of those commit's messages. For example:

git checkout feature1^^ -- database/table1.sql
git checkout feature1^^^^ -- logger.py
git add -A && git commit -C feature1

which would just use 2 commits from a feature1 and use the commit message from the last commit to feature1 - if that was a good description.

Adam Dymitruk
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Since git 1.7.9 version you can also use git commit --amend --no-edit

Dong Thang
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You can also use

Take an existing commit object, and reuse the log message and the authorship 
information (including the timestamp) when creating the commit.

Which allow you to use previous commit messages. This can also be part of a script or git alias.

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git commit --amend --reuse-message HEAD 

will reuse message from last commit

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