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June 27, 2020 23:18

HowTo Git

Nett2Know: Credentials

SSH-Key auth is heaven. You should use this. Really. If you commit and push a lot… You’ll NEED it. Also it is more secure than having a GitHub access token copy-pasted for every push. If you still need to use the HTTP-based remotes, you can configure the Git Credential Store. This will save the username/password as plain text to your disk - therefore only recommended when you must use Git LFS! To do that, just execute:

git config --global credential.helper store

…and every next HTTP-remote will only ask once for your credentials.


git init Init of local repo

git clone Gets remote repo with all branches and history

Run this to configure your profile (omit --global for local repo only) - can also be modified inside .git/config:

  • git config --global "[name]"
  • git config --global "[email]" Use the private repo mail (example: [email protected]), so nobody will get your private email!



git status What branch is active? What are unstaged changes?

git add / git rm Add / Remove files or folder (-> -r) to the next commit…

git commit Commit! (without a -m nano will ask for more info)

git fetch Gets the newest commits without applying them. Good for updating the log…

git pull Gets the newest commits and apply them. Fails most the time due local newer commits.

git push Pushes HEADs branch to remote (ether specify with origin [branch] or on master directly it) - use -f ONLY if someone has killed the repo / pushed to master directly

git checkout -b [branch] Creates a new branch…

git merge [branch] Checkout e.g. master and then run this to begin to merge of e.g. simon by using fast-forward-if-possible

git branch -d [killme] Deletes a branch…

Working with the past…

git log Shows the last commits (with the local/remotes branch HEADS position(-s))…

git checkout [existing branch / commit] Update / Reset working directory to the histories point

Who has pushed directly to the master? AGAIN? / What-Have-I-Done-Edition

git diff [path] Show the diff for a file

git blame [path] Show the responsible author for every line. Who fucked that line up?!?


git reset [commit] Two known usages:

  • Add --hard to reset working tree AND history! So make sure not to have a detached HEAD - otherwise… Bye, bye history!
  • HEAD~n Move the HEAD n commit back (== revert commits without a “Reverting Commit”). Can’t be used for any pushed commit!

git fsck Last chance before complete failure of the git folder structure (btw. thank you Nextcloud). If problem persists: Wipe everything. Doesn’t work on most cases (like missing commit / history).


Add a path per line to get it ignored! The path is NOT absolute! -> .directory ignores Kubuntu-Files in every subfolder too. Neat.

Change Authorname and Authoremail in history

  1. First time only (it’s global): git config --global alias.change-commits '!'"f() { VAR1=\$1; VAR='\$'\$1; OLD=\$2; NEW=\$3; echo \"Are you sure for replace \$VAR \$OLD => \$NEW ?(Y/N)\";read OK;if [ \"\$OK\" = 'Y' ] ; then shift 3; git filter-branch --env-filter \"if [ \\\"\${VAR}\\\" = '\$OLD' ]; then export \$VAR1='\$NEW';echo 'to \$NEW'; fi\" [email protected]; fi;}; f "
  2. Now you can use…

If the credentials file has been added…

Or a file bigger than 100MB. Or some private data has been commited - and already pushed: RESCUE IS HERE


…Imagine having a huge repository - lets say about 60 GB in files. But only some files are huge - lets also say they are all zip files. First activate LFS for your repo (don’t forget to install the git-lfs package):

git lfs install

And specify which files you want to handle seperatly:

git lfs track "*.zip"

Thats it! Whenever you work from now on with e.g. GitLab this huge files will be compressed and managed (much) faster!

Note: As stated on the GitLab help page the Git LFS authentication does not require you to setup the credentieal store mentioned before:

With 8.12 GitLab added LFS support to SSH. The Git LFS communication still goes over HTTP, but now the SSH client passes the correct credentials to the Git LFS client, so no action is required by the user.

Basic .gitignore

…for the most files from me - a more complete list is here

# Netbeans

# (C)Make

# Kubuntu

# MacOSX

# block directory for binaries

# Doxygen stuff

# CLion

# vscode