How to git

Step by step for new repositories, working locally and remotely

New local repository

git config --global "my name" git config --global "my email" (For reference when working with teams; not necessarily related to the account)

1.- git init

*Adds a new .git directory on the current folder (pwd). To stop git from following this repo, delete .git directory

2.- touch .gitignore

Add here any file to be “ignored” in upstream (Private info or irrelevant to the project) * Note: If the files assigned in .gitignore are already in the repository, it’s necessary to remove them: git rm -rf --cached .

I.e. echo "id_rsa" >> .gitignore or echo "local_tests" >> .gitignore

2.1.- git status

Checking the staging (or unstaged) files, before commiting. Red: unstaged - Will be ignored if we commit at this stage Green: Staged - Ready to commit

3.- git add -A

(Or git add

To be executed AFTER any changes

Will select our desired files (Here’s where .gitignore takes place) to commit.

4.- git status (again)

Double check for staging/unstaged files

5.- git reset

Undo changes to staging

6.- git commit -m "My commit message"

Final changes made, before remote pushing

7.- git log

See recent changes, hashes, messages, etc.

Working remotely

git clone https://\*/\*.git

“Download” an existing or new, remote repository

git remote -v

Show urls and branches

git branch -a

Show current branches on the project

git diff

Uses “less” in Linux. Shows detailed differences (inside files) between last and current states.

git add -A && git commit -m "my commit message"

git pull origin main

For work in teams. Shows the difference between last and current pull. (In personal repositories we should see no changes here)

git push origin main

(Name the correct branch: main/master/etc.) Ready to go upstream.

Depending on the setup, it will ask for username/password, or if ssh keys are already configured, it will push automatically.


git branch my_new_branch

Create a new branch (But we’re not working on it yet)

git branch

Shows the current working branch

git checkout my_new_branch

Think “checkout” like “switch”. We “hop” to the new branch, and any changes from here after, will be made to this new branch.

git push -u origin my_new_branch

Our main branch is still unchanged. At this point, we have 2 remote branches.

git branch -a

Show all branches

git branch --merged

Already merged branches

Merge branches

git branch --merged

Check merged branches

git merge my_new_branch

git push

To delete old branch:

git branch --merged git branch -d my_new_branch git branch -a git push origin --delete my_new_branch

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