[Tex/LaTex] Inserting git commit date without hooks

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Is there a way to insert the last git commit date into a document without having to add git hooks (like the gitinfo package does it)?

I'm not 100% sure how LaTeX packages work, but if they can access the current directory during compile-time and if they can execute external commands, that should easily be possible…

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This is svn but any command line is the same.

Depending on your configuration you probably need

pdflatex --enable-write18 filename

to enable \write18 to be a hook to execute shell commands.

this writes to a temporary file using the shell escape, then inputs it



\immediate\write18{svn info \jobname.tex | grep "Changed Date" > \jobname.info }

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