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I can print the current git commit sha1 in bash using this command:

git rev-parse --short HEAD

But how can I print only the latest commit message/title of the HEAD?

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I quite like

git show --oneline -s HEAD

If you only want to see the message, use

git show --pretty=format:%s -s HEAD

instead. To add the SHA-1:

git show --pretty=format:"%H %s" -s HEAD

(or %h for the abbreviated SHA-1).

See the git show documentation for details.

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