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Git hooks

Basically they are scripts which allow you to run custom actions automatically on every git commit. They exists in your repository .git/hooks/ and are not copied when pulling/pushing.

Git hooks are explained really well in git documentation. Example hooks can be found on a Linux system at the path /usr/share/git-core/templates/hooks/.

What’s included?

Seravo WordPress project template contains one custom git hook: pre-commit.

By default it runs your Rspec tests before a new commit is allowed.

Server hooks

Note that we also have on the server a post-receive hook, but it is not included in the project template as it is useless (and even harmful) to have in your local copy. For details see Deploy using git.


You can customize the tests by editing scripts/run-tests. It’s in bash but you can use any language you want to. Only important thing is the return value of your script. If you return true the git commit will continue and if you return false it will reject your commit.

Skipping pre-commit hook

You can use -n flag to skip hooks.

$ git commit -n -m "commit message"