A colleague stumbled upon Chris Beam’s “How to Write a Git Commit Message” post yesterday. His suggestions might not be to everyone’s tastes (see the comments at the end), but I certainly found them useful. In particular, I liked the suggestion that commit messages should be multi-lined and that no commit should be greater than 72 characters.

Use the following to configure vim to wrap commit messages at 72 characters:

cat >> ~/.vimrc <<EOF
au FileType gitcommit set tw=72

And, if you haven’t already, set vim as your git editor:

git config --global core.editor vim