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Custom Action to create archive of modified files

I'm looking to create a custom action that will generate an archive file containing only the modified files within a specific commit. Here is the working git call:

git archive -o HEAD $(git diff-tree --no-commit-id --name-only -r COMMITID)

This works fine on the mac side and also when called directly from the command line but fails when called via a batch file. I suspect there is some kind of syntax issue specifically related to writing this call within a batch file but I'm unable to figure it out. The error generated is:

unknown option `no-commit-id`

I noticed that if I remove the no-commit-id and name-only options the error becomes:

fatal: path not found: $(git

Any help would be greatly appreciated!

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That's right. I was able to get an answer from StackOverflow:

setlocal enabledelayedexpansion
set output=
for /f "delims=" %%a in ('git diff-tree --no-commit-id --name-only -r %1^^') do ( set output=!output! "%%a" )
git archive -o HEAD %output%

This doesn't work for the last commit. Let's say I merge some Release branch to Master and then I want to export all files that were merged. In a zip file I get full repository :/ But if I try to export some earlier commit, then I get just the files I need.

Feel free to check my Unix solution. Also lets you do it with multiple commits at once :)



Here's a solution using 7zip with a Custom Action (Settings > Custom Actions > Add):


Menu caption: >

[  ] Open in a separate window
[  ] Show Full Output
[X] Run command silently

Script to run: X:\Your\path\to\7-Zip\7z.exe

Parameters: a $REPO\ $FILE

(Restart SourceTree after creation for the changes to take effect!)


This action works from the context menu for Unstaged Files and changed files in commits from the Log / History (even with multiple files / multiple commits selected) and will add those files to a "" in the repo root. Just note that the file will not be deleted before adding files, so if you want to start from scratch, remember to delete the zip file first.

This has made it so much easier to update live systems with just the files that have changed, in projects where there's no build system involved. I wonder how I was able to live so long without it. :-)

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Git native command do generate archive from one old commit to last commit:

git archive -o c:/ HEAD $(git diff --name-only HASHONLINE HEAD)

Seth Rising Star Jun 23, 2014

That is not a git command, it is a bash script using two separate native commands.

I may misunderstand something, but i don't understand how people update their project in production when using git as versioning tool without this command.

Seth Rising Star Jun 23, 2014

Two options:

1) Deploy the entire project, not just differences

2) Use that command (or something similar) without SourceTree.

I've created a Gist that has the Mac and PC versions of the export script:

Why is there no option to do it from sourcetree native commands ? We need it when pushing on production... What are the files modified since last release ?

Seth Rising Star Jun 23, 2014

There is no way to do it from SourceTree native commands because there is no way to do it with git native commands.

You should be able to put the script in Gabe's answer in a script file, and run that script from a SourceTree custom action.

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Seth Rising Star Feb 09, 2014

So to be clear, you are putting the command in a batch file, and you are going to run the batch file from SourceTree's custom action?

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