Xavier W. Xavier W. - 2 months ago 29x
Git Question

How to retrieve Git commit id and message in VSTS/TFS build?

I'm in a CI environment using VSTS and I want to get the commit comment to set him into a text file.

Here are my build step :
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The idea is to copy the GIT commit comment into a text file stored in the artifact folder. Then with the HockeyApp SDK, i'll set my commit comment in the relase note.

I can easily copy the file with a command line operation, but I do not know how the retrieve the comment.


The environment variable $(Build.SOURCEVERSIONMESSAGE) is set during build. You can access it using $(build.SOURCEVERSIONMESSAGE) directly in your task inputs.

If you want to access it in a powershell script or inline powershell script. You can access it via the environment variable i.e. Get-Item Env:\BUILD_SOURCEVERSIONMESSAGE

The following script will create a new file commit.txt in the binaries folder with commit message in it. Run the script using the Powershell task with inline Type.


$path =  (Get-Item Env:\BUILD_BINARIESDIRECTORY).Value + '\commit.txt'

echo $message > $path

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