Git Whereami

gitops meta 
Fri Apr 17 2015


I’ve been traveling a lot for work, and I thought it might be cool to somehow signal where I was physically when checking in code. I knew my Mac has a Geolocation framework, but I couldn’t figure out a way to access it via the command line.

Then I found the wonderful WherAmI project! It’s a simple wrapper around the CoreLocation framework that spits out your lat/lng.

From there, it’s a simple task to pass that up to the Google Geocoding API to get a street address!

Here’s the readme from evantahler/git-whereami

evantahler/git-whereami

Append your location to all of our git commits!

Do you travel a lot? Would you team be interested to know where your code is coming from? Then this is for you!

Install whereami

Head on over to https://github.com/robmathers/WhereAmI and download the whereami excecutable. Place it in your home folder, like ~/whereami

1#!/bin/bash 2# prepare-commit-msg 3 4WHEREAMI="$HOME/whereami" 5 6LAT=`$WHEREAMI | grep Latitude | awk -F" " '{print $2}' | awk '{print $1}'` 7LNG=`$WHEREAMI | grep Longitude | awk -F" " '{print $2}' | awk '{print $1}'` 8 9URL="http://maps.googleapis.com/maps/api/geocode/json?latlng=$LAT,$LNG&sensor=false" 10ADDRESS=`eval "curl -s \"$URL\" | grep formatted_address | head -n 1 | sed 's/\"//g' | sed 's/,//g'"` 11ADDRESS=`echo $ADDRESS | awk -F' : ' '{print $2}'` 12DATE=`date` 13 14printf "\n" >> $1 15printf "This commit coded at:\n" >> $1 16printf "---------------------\n" >> $1 17printf "$ADDRESS\n" >> $1 18printf "$LAT, $LNG\n" >> $1 19printf "@ $DATE\n" >> $1

Setup whereami

In whichever git repository you want to use this on, copy the prepare-commit-msg into ~/PROJECT/.git/hooks.

That’s it!

Now, whenever you make a git commit, we will use whereami to source your lat/lng, and then ask Google’s geocoder what your address is, resulting in:

1# Please enter the commit message for your changes. Lines starting 2# with '#' will be ignored, and an empty message aborts the commit. 3# On branch master 4# Your branch is ahead of 'origin/master' by 4 commits. 5# (use "git push" to publish your local commits) 6# 7# Changes to be committed: 8# new file: newfile 9# 10 11This commit coded at: 12--------------------- 1363 Hanbury Street London E1 5JP UK 1451.520182, -0.070440 15@ Fri Apr 17 15:57:03 BST 2015

Feel free to tweak the template as you wish!

Notes:

  • OSX Only!
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