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Git Version Control Basics

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In this lesson, you’ll run through an example to see git in action. You’ll learn a few git commands and the basics such as:

  • How to get git
  • How to configure git
  • How to initialise a new repository
  • Check status of a repository using git status
  • Add new files to a repository using git add
  • Committing changes

Violet on July 2, 2019

Hi Paul,

I tried the git config command as you instructed and got this message: fatal: not in a git directory

What should I do then?

Paul Mealus on July 3, 2019

Hey Violet. Can you verify you had the global switch on? The config command should look like this…

git config --global user.name "Violet"

Kevin Dienst on Sept. 4, 2019

Per chris.beams.io/posts/git-commit/ it seems that you should avoid adding periods in your commit messages.

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