What exactly do these mean?
1. git remote add origin firstname.lastname@example.org:snowcrash/my_app.git
git works locally but to connect to other repositories (or repos) it uses the term
remote which are repos on other servers that you can
push your changes to (so other people can see them) or
pull updates (from other people).
This command creates a new
origin (by convention but could be something else) which is located at the github URL (again, it could be another server) called
2. git push origin master
OK, so you’ve defined a new
origin. This command simply pushes your
master branch to this server.
Note: in future, you just do:
to push your master branch to origin. This is because:
– if no remote is specified, the remote of the current branch is used. If that’s not set up then
origin is used
– if there’s no
refspec specified (i.e.
some-branch) then git pushes every local branch that has the same name as the branch on th remote.
To avoid accidentally pushing other branches it’s a good habit to use the full version, i.e.
git push origin master
despite it being a bit longer.
Seeing these settings:
1. All of this information is stored in your local git repo in this file:
e.g. details of your new remote will be on the line following:
2. Also, you can use the following to list your remotes:
and to see the URL that git has stored for the short names:
git remote -v
To find out more information about a remote:
git fetch origin
This fetches all the data about that remote project that you don’t have.
For more information about this remote:
git remote show origin
This lists the URL for the remote repo as well as the tracking branch information.
Finally, you’ll want to be able to pull from the remote. Just use:
The git book is here:
which contains lots of useful examples including how to remove and rename remotes.
There’s also a great post here: