Getting started with Git

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First, you must figure out what you need.

Note: the man pages for git as well as the official documentation can be a bit confusing for a beginner. Git commands are often referred as git-command, e.g. git-add, git-commit, .... Thus you can check the man page for any command: man git-command, e.g. man git-commit, man git-add, .... However when you use those commands, the hyphen must be replaced by a space. You would do: git add myfile.txt and not git-add myfile.txt.

Simple local git repository

Case scenario: You only need to have a local repository on your own computer. You don't need to share this repository with other people.

This simple tutorial will get you started:

Simple commands

Here are the few commands that you will need from the very beginning:

git init: inside your new project folder, to create a local repository.
git add .:
git ls-files --cache: list the files in the current project.
git commit: commit your code using the default editor to write your message.
git status: see if there is some code to be committed or not.
git log:
git clone git://... projectname : checkout a remote git project into locale working copy.


Hosting a public git repository

Case scenario: You want to share your git repository with other people over the web.

You will probably need gitosis:
From the README:

Manage ``git`` repositories, provide access to them over SSH,
with tight access control and not needing shell accounts.

Tutorials of interest: for Dreamhost customers. Ubuntu documentation.