Introdution to GIT

Introdution to GIT

- 5 mins

Let’s start with a simple question.

What is GIT?

Git is version control system. There are many VCS other than git eg: - CVS, SVN etc. Git serve as the foundation of many services like Github, Gitlab etc, but it can also be used without any other services.

If you have ever collaborated on any project with others, then you know how it becomes hard to copy paste both the copies(one of your’s and other of your partner). You have added a new feature to project and deployed it and distributed source code to your team, one team member enhanced that one, in the meanwhile you fixed some bugs, now it becomes difficult to combine both the works.

Git is an amazing tool to handle such situations;

It can be used via different interfaces:-

Here are some commands to get started with git. (I am using Github as a GIT service)

How to fork a repo?

A fork is a copy of a repository. Forking a repository allows you to freely experiment with changes without affecting the original project.

Just click on Fork button on the repo and a copy will be created to your account.

How to clone repo?

You can clone a repo in order to make it available offline on your local machine.

Get the URL of the repo from repo page by clicking on Clone and download.

and then in your terminal run command

git clone URL

URL consists of username of the account which have hosted repo and repo name

eg:- git clone

How to make your first commit?

commit is done so that your changes are recorded in the repo. It stores the current content with a log message.

You can add content (or new file) in the commit by

git add path/to/file

git add -A can be used to add all.

then commit by

git commit -a -m "message."

-a stands for automatically stage files that have been modified and deleted, but new files you have not told Git about are not affected.

If you don’t want to commit all content

git commit path/of/files -m "message" can be used.

-m stands for message. If multiple -m options are given, their values are concatenated as separate paragraphs.

How to get logs?

Shows the commit logs.

command:- git log

it will show the list of last commits with their author details, date, message etc.

How to create new branch?

Branching is generally done when we want to try different approach.

command:- git checkout -b branch-name

Above command will create(from your current point) and checkout to the new branch.

How to checkout to a branch?

command:- git checkout branch-name

How to push your commits?

command:- git push origin branch-name

How to update your local branch and forked repo?

You can get list of tracked repositories by

git remote

add a new repo in remote by

git remote add upstream

here is the URL of the repo from which we have forked (from which we want to update our repo).

Now get the updates

git fetch upstream

Now finally merge our local repo and fetched one.

git rebase upstream/branch-name

If there are merge conflicts then solve then and run

git add path/of/file/in/which/changes/are/done

Now complete rebase

git rebase --continue

Now forcefully push commits (as head is changed)

git push -f origin branch-name

How to change git default editor?

git config --global core.editor "vim".

I generally prefer vim.

How to squash your commits?

First get the hashcode of the previous commit, after which you want to squash

run git log

copy the hashcode.

Interactive rebase off of a point earlier in the history than the commit you need to modify

Now run git rebase -i copied-hash-code

git default editor will be opened(assuming vim)

you can see the list of all the commits committed after entered hashcode.

replace pick with squash for all those commits which you want to squash. Save and close the file (:wq for vim). After closing new file will be opened containing the list of all commit messages(which you want to squash), now enter your message for single commit and save it.

You can use git log to verify that commit are squashed.

How to edit your commits messages?

If you want to change message of the last commit then run

git commit --amend -m "New commit message"

Another way is to replace pick with edit in the file opened above.

Use git commit --amend to enter the new commit message and git rebase --continue to continue to rebase.

How to drop commits?

Replace pick with drop in the file opened above.

How to change author details?

How to rearrange your commits?

Rearrange the commit lines in the file, which was opened by git rebase -i copied-hash-code.

That’s it, you can easily start git in your project with this commands. Get more info from here.

Have a nice day!

Vishwesh Jainkuniya

Vishwesh Jainkuniya


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