git (this one is better for your eyes) is a DVCS created by Linus Torvalds. Besides the Linux Kernel, Ruby in Rails is one of the major projects migrating their source code to GitHub, the social network of opensource code.
Why should I use git?
Well I could say it was faster, or smaller than using SVN, but that’s not the problem to 90% of the developers. The real advantage I see is that you can commit offline, and branch and merge more easily than with SVN. You can even easily push your modifications to more than one repository online. And you’ve got submodules, which I should write about here in the future.
- Mac OS X: package or
sudo port install git-core +svn
- Windows: MsysGit and if you want, TortoiseGit (Lil Hack for 7)
sudo apt-get install git-coreor equivalent…
Or if you feel confortable enough, you can compile it yourself
git config --global user.name "Alcides Fonseca" git config --global user.email email@example.com echo ".DS_Store Thumbs.db Desktop.ini *~ *.swp" > ~/.gitignore git config --global core.excludesfile ~/.gitignore git config --global rerere.enabled 1 git config --global rerere.autoupdate 1 git config --global push.default matching git config --global apply.ignorewhitespace change git config --global color.ui true
Git follows the UNIX philosophy: it gives you little tools which you can use together to make your own workflow. So I usually have one central repository, another copy in my machine, and another copy in the production environment. So I first create the central one: if it’s opensource, I use GitHub otherwise in a ssh-accessible server:
mkdir example.git cd example.git git --bare init
Then, in the client side, I clone the repository1 to my machine (as you would checkout a SVN repository). All of the following can be done using git-gui, but I find it a bit ugly, so I stick to the command line and Textmate’s ProjectPlus.
git clone user@server:~user/projects/example.git
git add . # this adds to the commit list all the files modified
git commit -m “Commit message”
- at this point, no code is uploaded back to the server
git push origin master # now we send the changes to the master branch of the origin server
Note: If you have more than the master branch, and you want your other branches to be on the server too, you have to manually upload it first with
git push origin coolbranch and after that, all git push will upload that branches.
As you can see, you can commit locally, even if you’re offline. That’s one of the major advantages git has compared to centralized VCS like SVN.
Other useful commands:
git reset --hard HEAD^ # undo commits git status # gives you a list of changes to commit, or not added git mv file new_file # move git rm file # deletes file
Another of git’s advantage against SVN is that it makes branching easier. So if you’re adding a new feature, you might want to do it in another branch.
git checkout -b newfeature # creates and moves to a new branch #make changes, add and commit git checkout master #go back to main branch # correct a bug or something, git add and commit git checkout newfeature # go back to the new feature branch # make more changes git checkout master # go back to master git merge newfeature # and merge the two branches git branch -D newfeature # deletes the branch
Branches are local! If you want to replicate your branch in a remote repo,
git push -u origin newfeature. And all pushes after that one include the newfeature branch. If you want to delete it.
git push origin :newfeature.
If you want to continue working on a remote branch, you need to track it by doing
git checkout -t origin/remotefeature
You might not have a choice about the VCS you use, or for some other reasons (like external integration) you have to use SVN. Don’t worry, there’s a way of using locally git and committing to your SVN repository.
git svn clone https://svn.server,com/project -s --prefix=svn/ #or if you don't use the trunk,branches and tags: git svn clone https://svn.server.com/project git checkout -b work trunk # move to a second branch for your work #make you changes, git add them and commit. git svn dcommit # makes one SVN commit, for each of the commits you did before. git svn fetch # equivalent to SVN update
More information about git-svn in Tsuna’s blog
Non-ASCII Windows username
If you have a Windows username with Non-ASCII characters, like “João Rodrigues”, git will not work properly because Windows doesn’t user UTF-8 for command line.
Edit C:/Program Files/Git/etc/profile in your editor
And that’s it!
Using command-line based vim to edit git commit messages on Mac OS X.
git config --global core.editor /usr/bin/vim
- An Illustrated Guide to Git in Windows
- Git CheatSheet
- Git Ready – small tips for git users
- Git Ref – Simple reference page for different methods
- A great screencast on using git-gui
- Git for designers – A great tutorial for dummies in source control.
- Git at ALA
- Why is git better than X – Excellent guide for git features, and includes workflows.
- Visualization of git spaces
- Git Workflow explained
- Recursive Git – A ruby script for running a git command in every dir
- Keeping in sync with two repositories
- Using git submodules
- Git with Capistrano