Ghosttje Ghosttje - 2 months ago 30
Git Question

GIT: change commit date to author date

Is it possible to change the commit date from my commit to the author date?

I adapted some commits and now the dates are all the same. I want to set it back to the old dates (or the author dates). Is this possible?

I am using Sourcetree so I have the git command line but I am not a pro at that. My external repository is bitbucket.

Answer

There's no easy way to set the committer dates (edit: but see "edit 2" below). The author dates are easy to adjust (at commit time) since --date will let you specify each one as you go.

The environment variable GIT_COMMITTER_DATE can be used to force a different time stamp at the time you make the commit. Note, however, that you'd need to adjust this for each commit you "replay". The resulting new commit will have a different SHA-1 (because you've changed some bits in it, namely, the committer date field), which means you must redo all its descendent commits.

This is what git filter-branch does (re-create some, many, or all commits with changes made along the way, keeping a mapping from old SHA-1 IDs to new SHA-1 IDs and adjusting the parents of even-otherwise-untouched commit copies so that the "new" DAG of new SHA-1 IDs matches the "old" DAG in every possible way, i.e., in every way except for SHA-1 IDs and any other changes made by your filter(s)).

In other words, to do this, you must use git filter-branch to rewrite history, with all that this implies. [Edit: you can literally do it without git filter-branch, e.g., by doing it in git rebase -i instead, but the effect is the same.]

Edit 2: as eis noted in a comment (since removed), git rebase has --committer-date-is-author-date for this purpose. It still does the same history rewriting, but it's a lot more convenient than doing it with the raw git filter-branch command.