Often I need to “do X only if files on some folder changed” or whatever. I always need to Google that or find it on old scripts…
This is a quick post for me to find on Google when I need it again and think “oh its me!".
Anyway, let's get into it!
The most cleanest way I found to do it is the following:
git diff --quiet HEAD $REF -- $DIR || echo changed
git diff --quiet will exit 1 when there are changes.
At first I though it was confusing, but it makes sense if you think
“if no changes = exit 0, otherwise = exit 1”.
So, let's say you want to check if your current branch has changes in the
foo when compared to
git diff --quiet HEAD master -- foo ||
You can also do that comparing with the previous tag, for example:
git diff --quiet HEAD "$(git describe --tags --abbrev=0 HEAD)" -- foo ||
You can use this to “deploy only changed folders” or “lint only changed files” or whatever else you can come up with.
Anyway, just a quick post/note.