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Understanding where Git files are stored


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with Kevin Skoglund

Video: Understanding where Git files are stored

In the last movie, we initialized Git with our first_git_project. I want us to look at what that did and also understand where Git stores the files that it uses to do version control on our project. You can see that I have got the first_git_project directory open here in the Finder, and you can see that it's empty, actually it appears to be empty, it's not in fact empty. If we come to the command line, I can use the UNIX ls command to list what's in that directory, you can see that that's empty, on Windows that would be the dir command. I can pass in a special option here which is -la, and that will show me the hidden dot files as well, and that's any file that has a dot in front of it is normally going to be hidden.
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  1. 2m 46s
    1. Introduction
      1m 7s
    2. How to use the exercise files
      1m 39s
  2. 20m 24s
    1. Understanding version control
      4m 48s
    2. The history of Git
      7m 58s
    3. About distributed version control
      5m 4s
    4. Who should use Git?
      2m 34s
  3. 26m 12s
    1. Installing Git on a Mac
      3m 44s
    2. Installing Git on Windows
      5m 37s
    3. Installing Git on Linux
      1m 30s
    4. Configuring Git
      7m 29s
    5. Exploring Git auto-completion
      5m 35s
    6. Using Git help
      2m 17s
  4. 15m 49s
    1. Initializing a repository
      1m 58s
    2. Understanding where Git files are stored
      2m 34s
    3. Performing your first commit
      2m 4s
    4. Writing commit messages
      5m 22s
    5. Viewing the commit log
      3m 51s
  5. 17m 44s
    1. Exploring the three-trees architecture
      3m 57s
    2. The Git workflow
      3m 15s
    3. Using hash values (SHA-1)
      4m 7s
    4. Working with the HEAD pointer
      6m 25s
  6. 25m 52s
    1. Adding files
      5m 59s
    2. Editing files
      3m 56s
    3. Viewing changes with diff
      3m 35s
    4. Viewing only staged changes
      2m 28s
    5. Deleting files
      5m 29s
    6. Moving and renaming files
      4m 25s
  7. 19m 18s
    1. Introducing the Explore California web site
      2m 2s
    2. Initializing Git
      3m 48s
    3. Editing the support phone number
      6m 20s
    4. Editing the backpack file name and links
      7m 8s
  8. 38m 45s
    1. Undoing working directory changes
      3m 49s
    2. Unstaging files
      2m 37s
    3. Amending commits
      4m 50s
    4. Retrieving old versions
      4m 7s
    5. Reverting a commit
      3m 12s
    6. Using reset to undo commits
      3m 44s
    7. Demonstrating a soft reset
      4m 8s
    8. Demonstrating a mixed reset
      4m 7s
    9. Demonstrating a hard reset
      5m 8s
    10. Removing untracked files
      3m 3s
  9. 27m 22s
    1. Using .gitignore files
      8m 23s
    2. Understanding what to ignore
      4m 47s
    3. Ignoring files globally
      4m 49s
    4. Ignoring tracked files
      5m 26s
    5. Tracking empty directories
      3m 57s
  10. 26m 51s
    1. Referencing commits
      4m 52s
    2. Exploring tree listings
      3m 46s
    3. Getting more from the commit log
      7m 38s
    4. Viewing commits
      4m 4s
    5. Comparing commits
      6m 31s
  11. 39m 35s
    1. Branching overview
      4m 56s
    2. Viewing and creating branches
      2m 57s
    3. Switching branches
      2m 58s
    4. Creating and switching branches
      4m 53s
    5. Switching branches with uncommitted changes
      3m 26s
    6. Comparing branches
      4m 28s
    7. Renaming branches
      2m 28s
    8. Deleting branches
      4m 18s
    9. Configuring the command prompt to show the branch
      9m 11s
  12. 28m 32s
    1. Merging code
      3m 11s
    2. Using fast-forward merge vs. true merge
      6m 49s
    3. Merging conflicts
      7m 26s
    4. Resolving merge conflicts
      7m 5s
    5. Exploring strategies to reduce merge conflicts
      4m 1s
  13. 14m 34s
    1. Saving changes in the stash
      4m 5s
    2. Viewing stashed changes
      2m 39s
    3. Retrieving stashed changes
      4m 24s
    4. Deleting stashed changes
      3m 26s
  14. 1h 5m
    1. Using local and remote repositories
      6m 38s
    2. Setting up a GitHub account
      5m 39s
    3. Adding a remote repository
      4m 0s
    4. Creating a remote branch
      4m 3s
    5. Cloning a remote repository
      4m 26s
    6. Tracking remote branches
      4m 5s
    7. Pushing changes to a remote repository
      5m 8s
    8. Fetching changes from a remote repository
      5m 47s
    9. Merging in fetched changes
      4m 50s
    10. Checking out remote branches
      3m 22s
    11. Pushing to an updated remote branch
      2m 6s
    12. Deleting a remote branch
      3m 8s
    13. Enabling collaboration
      3m 40s
    14. A collaboration workflow
      8m 43s
  15. 16m 23s
    1. Setting up aliases for common commands
      5m 14s
    2. Using SSH keys for remote login
      2m 56s
    3. Exploring integrated development environments
      1m 4s
    4. Exploring graphical user interfaces
      4m 32s
    5. Understanding Git hosting
      2m 37s
  16. 55s
    1. Goodbye
      55s

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Git Essential Training
6h 26m Beginner Aug 24, 2012

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The course shows how to use Git, the popular open-source version control software, to manage changes to source code and text files. Using a step-by-step approach, author Kevin Skoglund presents the commands that enable efficient code management and reveals the fundamental concepts behind version control systems and the Git architecture. Discover how to track changes to files in a repository, review previous edits, and compare versions of a file; create branches to test new ideas without altering the main project; and merge those changes into the project if they work out. The course begins by demonstrating version control in a single-user, standalone context, before exploring how remote repositories allow users to collaborate on projects effectively.

Topics include:
  • Exploring the history of version control
  • Installing Git on Mac, Windows, and Linux
  • Initializing a repository
  • Writing useful commit messages
  • Understanding the Git three-tree architecture
  • Tracking when files are added, edited, deleted, or moved
  • Viewing change sets and comparing versions
  • Undoing changes and rolling back to previous versions
  • Ignoring changes to select files
  • Creating and working with code branches
  • Merging branches and resolving merge conflicts
  • Stashing changes for later
  • Working with hosted repositories and remote branches
  • Developing an effective collaboration workflow
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Understanding where Git files are stored

In the last movie, we initialized Git with our first_git_project. I want us to look at what that did and also understand where Git stores the files that it uses to do version control on our project. You can see that I have got the first_git_project directory open here in the Finder, and you can see that it's empty, actually it appears to be empty, it's not in fact empty. If we come to the command line, I can use the UNIX ls command to list what's in that directory, you can see that that's empty, on Windows that would be the dir command. I can pass in a special option here which is -la, and that will show me the hidden dot files as well, and that's any file that has a dot in front of it is normally going to be hidden.

So .git is a directory that is created by that initialize command. And this directory is a directory where Git stores all of its tracking information. Now that's all of its tracking information, it doesn't matter how deep down in other folders that we've got files going on, they are always going to be stored at the top level of our project inside this .git directory. You can think of it as Git's workspace where Git does everything that it's going to do, and if we wanted to remove Git and remove version control from our project, well, then it would just be a simple matter of removing this .git directory.

If we remove that, then suddenly Git is no longer tracking our project. Obviously, we don't want to do that at this point. Let's take a look at what's inside that directory, ls -la .git, and we can see a list of the files and folders that Git uses while it's doing its tracking. Now again this is Git's workspace, you don't want to come in here and start messing around and changing things, leave it alone, let Git manage these files and let it put things where they need to be. The only exception to that would be the config file, that's the only thing that you would really ever come in here and either take a look at or even possibly edit.

This is for our project level configuration. Now we have an interface through Git that we saw in the Configuration chapter where we don't have to come in here and edit it directly, you can just use git commands to set the different values that you need. But if you did ever need to, that's where this file is located. Everything else, you want to leave alone. Now again, I want to just emphasize the point that everything that Git does is going to be stored in this single top-level directory, that's very different from svn. If you've worked with svn before, svn puts little tracking files in every single directory down the line.

So if you wanted to remove svn, you have to go through and actually pull out those .svn files from every single directory so that it will stop tracking those. Git doesn't do that, Git puts them all right here in one place at the top level. Now that we understand where Git maintains information about our project, let's go ahead and create our first commit so that git can start tracking things inside of our project.

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Q: In the Chapter 10 movie "Configuring the command prompt to show the branch," when I type the function "__git_ps1," I do not get the expected result.
A: The function "__git_ps1" was recently moved to a new file, .git-prompt.sh, as described here: https://github.com/git/git/commit/af31a456b4cd38f2630ed8e556e23954f806a3cc.

We will update the video. In the meantime, you may do the same steps you do for .git-completion.bash, but a second time using ".git-prompt.sh" as shown here: https://github.com/git/git/blob/master/contrib/completion/git-prompt.sh.
Q: When I use the code the instructor advises in the above video ("git config
--global user.name "Nelda Street"), I still get an "Illegal Instruction"
error. I have OS 10.6.8. Am I doing something wrong?
A: The current installer version of git isn't compatible with older Mac OS versions.
 
https://code.google.com/p/git-osx-installer/issues/detail?id=96
 
The workaround solutions people offer are:
 
1. To add "-mmacosx-version-min=10.6" as described here:
https://stackoverflow.com/questions/14268887/what-is-the-illegal-instruction-4-error-and-why-does-mmacosx-version-min-10
 
https://stackoverflow.com/questions/10177038/illegal-instruction-4-shows-up-in-os-x-lion
 
2. Or to use the version of git that comes with Xcode, or to use homebrew to install git instead.
http://superuser.com/questions/697144/installed-git-not-sure-how-to-get-it-working
 
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