The Easy way to use Github (Linux)

Create a Github Repository

By far, the easiest and error-free method of using a Github Repository, is by starting with a new repository on itself. Of course, you need a github account first.

Clone the Github Repository to Local

To clone a Github repository, use the following command: git clone This wil create a new directory project-directory, and copy all the repository content on Github to this directory. Besides, it will also create a .git directory containing the administrative files needed to keep track of your changes.

Add files or edit the Local Repository

cd into the directory that has just been created, and edit or add files to your preference. In order to update the changes to the local repository database, use the command git add . This will synchronise the new or added files (to what is called the staging area).

Committing updates to the Local Repository

By now, the local repository is aware of the changes, but they need committing by you as a user to make the system also aware of different versions: git commit -m "Info of the changes and / or versioning here" Beware, that prior to this, you'll have to use two commands to define your "global" user name and email address if you did not do this before: git config -global "your name"
git config -global you@email-address

Pushing the changes to Github

Simply use: git push This will push the changes to the github server. The command will ask for your Github username and password before sending the files. A look at the will then show your changes or additions as well.

Updating the Local Repository with a newer version from Github

First, archive any changes made on the local repository (if there are no changes, it will say so as well): git stash Then pull the newer version from Github and update the local repository: git pull


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