Git for self

central architecture

I use Git to manage my personnal projects. I have a centralized repository which all my computer should synchronize with. Unfortunately I didn’t find clearly what I needed on the official Git documentation.

In two words, if you want to use an SVN workflow with Git (and all its advantages) here is how to proceed.


Suppose I’ve got a directory on my local computer containing a project I want to manage via Git. Here what to do:

Now all files in the to/project/directory/ are versionned. If you want not to follow some just edit the file .gitignore

for example mine is:

Next, you want to put your project on a directory accessible from the web:

Now on any computer you can do:

and local_directory will contain an up-to-date project.

You should make this operation also on the computer used to create the repository. Just to verify all will be okay.

The workflow

To resume you now have one repository on the Internet, and one or many computer associated with it. Now, what you want is to synchronize everything.

Before begining your work, the first thing to do is to get all modification from the Internet to your local host:

After that you can do (many times):

When you want your local modification to be on the Internet just do a simple:

All should be ok.

If you have some trouble with the push and pull verify your .git/config file ; it should contain the following lines:

Branches Synchronisation

Well, now, all seems ok, but you have to worry about two little things. Git is all about decentralisation and branches. It is very easy to manage one branch, or many branches on the same host. But synchronize branches on many hosts is not a natural operation.

This is why I created two simple scripts to automate this. One for creating a branch locally and remotely. And one to get remotely created branched on your local host.

Then when you want to create a new branch (locally and remotely) ; you simply have to do a:

git-create-new-branch branch_name

and when you are on another computer and want to get locally all the remote branches you execute:


Here are the code of theese two scripts:


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