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Setting up GIT Server/Client

I was working my project today and came across GIT.

So wanted to tryout as I had heard a lot about GIT.
I am still learning about GIT this an initial doc to have anyone to get started.

Before you start, I recommend you to go through the video below.
Here is the link to GIT http://git-scm.com/

Few command you will see which are commonly used.
$ git init – Initialize GIT repository
git status – show status of the repository – modified files etc
$ git add – Adds file/directory to staging area (ready for commit/check-in
$ git reset – removes file from staging area (not ready for commit) – changes to file will not be affected.
$ git commit Commits data to repository (LOCAL repos)
$ git push origin -all – Push data from LOCAL repos to SERVER repos
$ git clone – Pulls data from SERVER to LOCAL repos

Setting up GIT Server
  • create a directory
ahmed@ahmed-work-horse:~/Desktop$ mkdir testGitProject
ahmed@ahmed-work-horse:~/Desktop$ cd testGitProject/
ahmed@ahmed-work-horse:~/Desktop/testGitProject$ pwd
  • Next let create a git respos – server.
  • You will see all the information, (similar to as we see in svn server repos – Yes I am a SVN guy).
ahmed@ahmed-work-horse:~/Desktop/testGitProject$ git –bare init
Initialized empty Git repository in /home/ahmed/Desktop/testGitProject/
ahmed@ahmed-work-horse:~/Desktop/testGitProject$ ls -a
.  ..  branches  config  description  HEAD  hooks  info  objects  refs

Setting up client and pushing into GIT Server 
  • Setting GIT config information – Not very important but its good to have this.
ahmed@ahmed-work-horse:~/ahmed$ git config –global user.name “ahmed”
ahmed@ahmed-work-horse:~/ahmed$ git config –global user.email “ahmed@saggezza.com
ahmed@ahmed-work-horse:~/ahmed$ git config –global color.diff auto 
ahmed@ahmed-work-horse:~/ahmed$ git config –global color.status auto 
ahmed@ahmed-work-horse:~/ahmed$ git config –global color.branch auto 
  • Lets Create a git repos locally (and later we will link this to our server).
ahmed@ahmed-work-horse:~/ahmed$ cd testGitProject/
ahmed@ahmed-work-horse:~/ahmed/testGitProject$ ls
ahmed@ahmed-work-horse:~/ahmed/testGitProject$ git init
Initialized empty Git repository in /home/ahmed/ahmed/testGitProject/.git/
ahmed@ahmed-work-horse:~/ahmed/testGitProject$ git status 
# On branch master
# Initial commit
nothing to commit (create/copy files and use “git add” to track)
  • As you can see this is an Empty Repositoty.
  • Lets create file readme.txt and add this to the respoitory.
ahmed@ahmed-work-horse:~/ahmed/testGitProject$ vim readme.txt
  • Now you can see below once we have a file – but this is not add or committed to GIT.
  • we need to do this so that GIT will take care of version control. 
ahmed@ahmed-work-horse:~/ahmed/testGitProject$ git status 
# On branch master
# Initial commit
# Untracked files:
#   (use “git add …” to include in what will be committed)
# readme.txt
nothing added to commit but untracked files present (use “git add” to track)
  • Now lets add this file to repos.
ahmed@ahmed-work-horse:~/ahmed/testGitProject$ git a
add        am         annotate   apply      archive    
ahmed@ahmed-work-horse:~/ahmed/testGitProject$ git add readme.txt
ahmed@ahmed-work-horse:~/ahmed/testGitProject$ git status 
# On branch master
# Initial commit
# Changes to be committed:
#   (use “git rm –cached …” to unstage)
# new file:   readme.txt
  • Once we add, file goes into a staging area, you can call this as ready to commit.
  • But still the file is not commited.
  • Now lets do that next.
ahmed@ahmed-work-horse:~/ahmed/testGitProject$ git commit readme.txt
[master (root-commit) 6bf4daf] First Document !!
 1 files changed, 1 insertions(+), 0 deletions(-)
 create mode 100644 readme.txt
ahmed@ahmed-work-horse:~/ahmed/testGitProject$ git status 
# On branch master
nothing to commit (working directory clean)
ahmed@ahmed-work-horse:~/ahmed/testGitProject$ ls
  • Once we have commit you will see.
  • Number of files changed, number of lines updated/added, and number of files deleted.
Linking client repos to the server.
  • Now lets link the client repos which has the update to server.
  • Once we are done with this we can push (check-in to the server in SVN terms) data to server.
ahmed@ahmed-work-horse:~/ahmed/testGitProject$ git remote add origin ssh://ahmed@
ahmed@ahmed-work-horse:~/ahmed/testGitProject$ git push origin –all 
ahmed@‘s password: 
Counting objects: 2568, done.
Delta compression using up to 2 threads.
Compressing objects: 100% (2506/2506), done.
Writing objects: 100% (2568/2568), 32.02 MiB | 4.05 MiB/s, done.
Total 2568 (delta 859), reused 0 (delta 0)
 * [new branch]      master -> master
  • Lets analyse the first line here.
  • git push origin –all This will push all the data into the server.
  • we are connecting to GIT server over SSH.
Testing the sever – if all izz well !!
  • Lets create a new directory and clone the respository (checkout in terms of SVN).
ahmed@ahmed-work-horse:~/ahmed$ mkdir testServerInformation.git
ahmed@ahmed-work-horse:~/ahmed$ cd testServerInformation.git/
ahmed@ahmed-work-horse:~/ahmed/testServerInformation.git$ ls
ahmed@ahmed-work-horse:~/ahmed/testServerInformation.git$ git clone ssh://ahmed@
Cloning into testGitProject…
ahmed@‘s password: 
remote: Counting objects: 2568, done.
remote: Compressing objects: 100% (1647/1647), done.
remote: Total 2568 (delta 859), reused 2568 (delta 859)
Receiving objects: 100% (2568/2568), 32.02 MiB | 24.71 MiB/s, done.
Resolving deltas: 100% (859/859), done.
ahmed@ahmed-work-horse:~/ahmed/testServerInformation.git$ ls
ahmed@ahmed-work-horse:~/ahmed/testServerInformation.git$ cd testGitProject/
ahmed@ahmed-work-horse:~/ahmed/testServerInformation.git/testGitProject$ l
  • Lets analyse the first command.
  • git clone ssh://ahmed@
  • we are connecting to GIT server over SSH.
  • As you can see we see same respose been pulled out from the server (check-out).
  • Terms in GIT — push to sever (check-in) and pull to server (check-out).
  • Please make sure that the GIT server accepts SSH connections.
  • To test this just do something like ssh ahmed@ this should log-you-in into the server
Getting GIT from GIT
$ git clone git://github.com/gitster/git.git

Thats it for now.
I will update this as I learn more information about GIT .. 🙂
Happy Coding !!
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