Git Setup

This post is about setting Git and GitHub. Let’s learn how to Git.

What is git ?

Git allows you, your friends, coworkers,  a team of people to work together, all using same files. Oh. Aah. That’s a mess.

No not at all.  Most operations in Git only need local files and resources to operate — generally no information is needed from another computer on your network. There are many ways it can be set up and configured.

Read more : Linus Torvalds,  Git!   🙂

What is GitHub?

Quoting the GitHub – guide :

GitHub provides desktop clients that include a graphical user interface for the most common repository actions and an automatically updating command line edition of Git for advanced scenarios.

How to Git and GitHub?

Install Git :

sudo apt-get install git
sudo apt-get -y install git-core

#Set User Info
git config --global Your Name
git config --global Your Email ID
git config --global credential.helper 'cache --timeout=3600'

Now you are done with the basic stuff.

Let’s Create New Repository :

#Create a repo on GitHub, use the same name of the repo on your machine
mkdir ~/Hello-World
git init
touch README
git add README
git commit -m 'first commit'
git remote add origin
git push origin master

Using GitHub UI : Refer this.

You are done with your Hello World to Git and GitHub.

Now you can create new files (touch) -> add -> commit -> push them to the repository.

Add -> Commit -> Push
Add -> Commit -> Push

Resolving Errors

git remote add origin

git push origin master

error: The requested URL returned error: 403 while accessing

fatal: HTTP request failed

check what this gives you

git remote -v

If this 

origin (fetch)
origin (push)

Everything is fine, the error is somewhere else, let’s look for it :

Try using SSH instead of HTTPs like,

git remote set-url origin ssh://

git push origin master

Check is it set?

git remote -v

#You get
origin ssh:// (fetch)
origin ssh:// (push)

Did you get this?

The authenticity of host ' (' can't be established.
RSA key fingerprint is 16:27:ac:a5:76:28:2d:36:63:1b:56:4d:eb:df:a6:48.
Are you sure you want to continue connecting (yes/no)? yes
Warning: Permanently added ',' (RSA) to the list of known hosts.
Permission denied (publickey).
fatal: The remote end hung up unexpectedly

Try sshing your GitHub

ssh -T

#You get

Permission denied (publickey).

Oh! let’s check are you connected to the correct server?

ssh -vT</pre>
<pre>OpenSSH_5.3p1 Debian-3ubuntu7.1, OpenSSL 0.9.8k 25 Mar 2009
debug1: Reading configuration data /etc/ssh/ssh_config
debug1: Applying options for *
debug1: Connecting to [] port 22.
debug1: Connection established.
debug1: identity file /home/you/.ssh/identity type -1
debug1: identity file /home/you/.ssh/id_rsa type -1
debug1: identity file /home/you/.ssh/id_dsa type -1
debug1: Remote protocol version 2.0, remote software version libssh-0.6.0
debug1: no match: libssh-0.6.0

Note the IP address (the numbers within the [ ] brackets). The connection should be made to a GitHub IP address, on port 22, unless you’re overriding settings to use SSH over HTTPS.

Try SSHing your GitHub :

ssh -T #Always use the git user

#You get

Hi your-user-name! You've successfully authenticated, but GitHub does not provide shell access.

Refer this and this for more.

Let’s Push it!

git push origin master

Counting objects: 3, done.
Writing objects: 100% (3/3), 222 bytes, done.
Total 3 (delta 0), reused 0 (delta 0)
To ssh://
* [new branch] master -> master

Generating ssh keys

cd ~/.ssh

ls -al

#You get

total 12
drwx------ 2 you you 4096 2014-05-27 21:49 .
drwxr-xr-x 83 you you 4096 2014-05-27 21:56 ..
-rw-r--r-- 1 you  you 2210 2014-05-27 21:58 known_hosts

ssh-keygen -t rsa -C your_email

#You get

Generating public/private rsa key pair.
Enter file in which to save the key (/home/you/.ssh/id_rsa):
Enter passphrase (empty for no passphrase):
Enter same passphrase again:
Your identification has been saved in /home/you/.ssh/id_rsa.
Your public key has been saved in /home/you/.ssh/
The key fingerprint is:
de:22:21:8.........  your_email
The key's randomart image is:
+--[ RSA 2048]----+
| |
| . |
| o o |
| . B . . |


#Add it

ssh-add ~/.ssh/id_rsa

Enter passphrase for /home/you/.ssh/id_rsa:
Identity added: /home/you/.ssh/id_rsa (/home/you/.ssh/id_rsa)

#Install xclip

sudo apt-get install xclip

xclip -sel clip < ~/.ssh/

#Open your rsa public file


Copy the contents of this file to GitHub, follow this to add it to your GitHub account.

#sshing your GitHub

ssh -T

#and you are done

Hi user-name! You've successfully authenticated, but GitHub does not provide shell access.

Refer this for more.


If you used the SSH procedure, you are using SSH port, if you didn’t then you are using HTTPs port.


Now ➡ and start the fun. 🙂


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