Wednesday, March 06, 2013

Starting out with github on Ubuntu

OK.  Ten mile high view.  Sometimes I write code, but alot of the code I write is too monolithic to post to my blog.  Seems to me I should use some kind of publicly accessible revision control system to check-in the code, and then link to that from my blog.  We already use subversion at work and some of my code lives there but allowing public access to that makes no sense.  Sometime code lives at home and that never even sees the work SVN system.  What would be cool is some system which allows me to control code from wherever i am, and yet allow public access to anyone.  Enter GIT and Github.

So if all the cool kids are using GIT, how do we get it installed, running and working so i can actually link to it?  Github have a very nice help system and i used that to do what i have done here;
  • Installed git on my ubuntu machine
  • created an account on github
  • logged into github
  • on github created a new repository called hooliowobbits/testing
  • on my machine i ran
    $ git clone
    Cloning into 'testing'...
    remote: Counting objects: 3, done.
    remote: Total 3 (delta 0), reused 0 (delta 0)
    Unpacking objects: 100% (3/3), done.
    $ cd testing/
    $ ls -lha 
    total 8.0K
    drwxr-xr-x 8 hoolio datarw 4.0K Mar  6 11:39 .git
    -rw-r--r-- 1 hoolio datarw   28 Mar  6 11:39
    $ cat
    sandbox foo
    $ echo blah > blah.txt
    $ git add blah.txt
    $ git commit blah.txt
    [master 5f1522c] this is just a note i added when i first typed git commit blah
     1 file changed, 1 insertion(+)
     create mode 100644 blah.txt
    $ git push
    Username for '': hooliowobbits
    Password for '':
       2ebbe5e..5f1522c  master -> master
  • Then i visited github again and i see my blah.txt sitting there :) 
Right now I can't presume to know much more about GIT and Github than this; but clearly this opens up a world of possibilites.  Suddenly with one command on my machine the world can see my code, use it, can comment on it, fork it whatever.

Now, let's code!

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