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Day 2 - Working with github concepts


Git works locally on our computer, but what if we want to collaborate with other developers and would like to share the git folder. For this, we use github which hosts git folders.

To link a git folder to a remote git repository, we use git remote add <name of remote> <url link of remote git repo>. This can be seen as syncing your git folder with a remote computer that contains the same git repo.

Push / Pull / Fetch

In order to send updates to the remote repo, we use git push <remote repo name> <branch name>

In order to get updates from the remote repo, we use git pull <remote repo name> <branch name>

Another way of getting updates from the remote repo, we also can use git fetch <remote repo name> <branch name>

git pull vs git fetch

The differences between git pull and git fetch, is that git pull automatically merges the changes into your local directory while git fetch gets all the changes and stores in in another commit in a branch named FETCH_HEAD in which you can later combine using git merge FETCH_HEAD.

Therefore git pull actually calls git fetch and git merge FETCH_HEAD automatically.


To download repositories on github as a git repo, we use git clone <repo url>. A url can be accessed as follows:

Running git clone <repo url> will download the entire repo as a git repo instead of just a zip folder.


If we have files that we want git to always ignore and not track them, we use a .gitignore file to list down specific files.

Why does the file name have a dot infront?

File with a . infront are called dotfiles. They are hidden files are hidden from the OS and even the ls command doesn't show it. In fact, we need to use ls -a in which the -a flag tells the command to include hidden files or "all" files.

dotfiles are generally used for config files such as gitignore in this case.

.gitignore uses a globbing patterns to match file names.

Commonly used pattern are such as:

  • **/folderName : every file that have a parent directory named folderName such as folderName/apiKeys , secret/folderName/apiKeys
  • *.log : Any file that has .log in it such as apiKeys.log

No need to memorise such patterns. Google is always your bestfriend.

Link to more information on gitignore patterns

gitignore templates


Once your work is made public, it must have a license as all creative work are eligible for intellectual property and copyright protection. A license.txt file in the base directory tells people how and what they are able to do with your work.

For speicific cases, please refer to this link to choose a license.

Otherwise, the MIT license is the most common as it allows anyone to do anything with your work.

If unsure

Always just refer to link to choose a license as it lists out each case with specific details.