If you are on Windows and you want to follow the steps below, all you need to do is to set-up Git on your local machine.
Before we go into Git commands bear in mind (and do not forget!) that Git has a working directory, a staging area and the local repository. See the overview below taken from http://progit.org.
The GIT workflow is as follows: You go to the directory where you want to have version controll. You use
git initto put this directory under version control. This creates a new repository for that current location. You make changes to your files, then use
git addto stage files into the staging area. You'll use
git diffto see what you've changed, and then finally
git committo actually record the snapshot forever into your local repository. When you want to upload your changes to a remote repository you'll use
git push. When you want to download changes from a remote repository to your local repository you'll use
Lets go through this step-by-step.
To create a repository from an existing directory of files, you can simply run
git initin that directory. Go to that directory you want to get under version control:
All new and changed files need to be added to the staging area prior to commit to the repository. To add all files in the current directory to the staging area:
git add --all
To commit the files and changes to the repository:
git commit -am "Initial commit"
Note that I have use the
-amoption which does an
add -allimplicitly. This command is equivalent to the SVN- or CVS-style "commit". Again: if you want to update your local Git repository there is always an add-operation followed by a commit-operation, with all new and modified files.
Then you go create a repository at Github.com. Let's say you named it git_example.
Then you add the remote repository address to your local GIT configuration:
git remote add EXAMPLE https://firstname.lastname@example.org/nschlimm/git_example.git
Note that in the example thats my user name on Github.com. You'll need to use yours obviously. I have named the remote repository "EXAMPLE". You can refer to an alias name instead of using the remote URL all the time. You are ready to communicate with a remote repository now.
If you are behind a firewall you make the proxy configuration:
git config --global http.proxy http://username:email@example.com:80
Then you push your files to the remote repository:
git push EXAMPLE master
Then imagine somebody changed the remote files. You need to get them:
git fetch EXAMPLE
You need to merge those changes from the remote master into your local master branch (plain language: you copy the changes from your local repository to your working directory). Assume that your current context is the master branch and you want to merge EXAMPLE branch into master, you'll write:
git merge EXAMPLE
To compare the staging area to your working directory:
git status -s
The example shows the status after I have modified the README.txt (but did not added or commited yet).
Without any extra arguments, a simple
git diffwill display what content you've changed in your project since the last commit that are not yet staged for the next commit snapshot.
The example shows the diff output after I have edited the README.txt file (but did not added or commited yet). When I add all changes to staging,
git diffwill not display changes 'cause there is nothing in your working directory that has not been staged.
It's different with
git status. It shows the differences between your last commit and the staging/working area:
git statusshows differences between your local repository and your working directory/staging area. Whereas
git diff(as used above) shows differences between your staging area and your working directory.
That's it. These are the most important Git commands a newbie must know to get started. See the gitref.org reference for more information on using Git.