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Git::Hooks::CheckLog - Git::Hooks plugin to enforce commit log policies


version 1.15.1


This Git::Hooks plugin hooks itself to the hooks below to enforce policies on the commit log messages.

Projects using Git, probably more than projects using any other version control system, have a tradition of establishing policies on the format of commit log messages. The REFERENCES section below lists some of the most important.

This plugin allows one to enforce most of the established policies. The default configuration already enforces the most common one.

To enable it you should add it to the githooks.plugin configuration option:

    git config --add githooks.plugin CheckLog


Git::Hooks::CheckLog - Git::Hooks plugin to enforce commit log policies.


The plugin is configured by the following git options.

githooks.checklog.ref REFSPEC

By default, the message of every commit is checked. If you want to have them checked only for some refs (usually some branch under refs/heads/), you may specify them with one or more instances of this option.

The refs can be specified as a complete ref name (e.g. "refs/heads/master") or by a regular expression starting with a caret (^), which is kept as part of the regexp (e.g. "^refs/heads/(master|fix)").

githooks.checklog.title-required [01]

The first line of a Git commit log message is usually called the 'title'. It must be separated by the rest of the message (it's 'body') by one empty line. This option, which is 1 by default, makes the plugin check if there is a proper title in the log message.

githooks.checklog.title-max-width N

This option specifies a limit to the width of the title's in characters. It's 50 by default. If you set it to 0 the plugin imposes no limit on the title's width.

githooks.checklog.title-period [deny|allow|require]

This option defines the policy regarding the title's ending in a period ('.'). It can take three values:

githooks.checklog.body-max-width N

This option specifies a limit to the width of the commit log message's body lines, in characters. It's 72 by default. If you set it to 0 the plugin imposes no limit on the body line's width.

Only lines starting with a non-whitespace character are checked against the limit. It's a common style to quote things with indented lines and we like to make those lines free of any restriction in order to keep the quoted text authentic.

githooks.checklog.match [!]REGEXP

This option may be specified more than once. It defines a list of regular expressions that will be matched against the commit log messages. If the '!' prefix is used, the log must not match the REGEXP.

githooks.checklog.spelling [01]

This option makes the plugin spell check the commit log message using Text::SpellChecker. Any spelling error will cause the commit or push to abort.

Note that Text::SpellChecker isn't required to install Git::Hooks. So, you may see errors when you enable this check. Please, refer to the module's own documentation to see how to install it and its own dependencies (which are Text::Hunspell or Text::Aspell).

githooks.checklog.spelling-lang ISOCODE

The Text::SpellChecker module uses defaults to infer which language it must use to spell check the message. You can make it use a particular language passing its ISO code to this option.

githooks.checklog.signed-off-by [01]

This option requires the commit to have at least one Signed-off-by footer.


This module exports the following routines that can be used directly without using all of Git::Hooks infrastructure.

check_message_file GIT, MSGFILE

This is the routine used to implement the commit-msg hook. It needs a Git::More object and the name of a file containing the commit message.

check_affected_refs GIT

This is the routing used to implement the update and the pre-receive hooks. It needs a Git::More object.

check_patchset GIT, HASH

This is the routine used to implement the patchset-created Gerrit hook. It needs a Git::More object and the hash containing the arguments passed to the hook by Gerrit.



Gustavo L. de M. Chaves <>


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