Learning Git

Resources for learning Git


07 May 2022


highly recommended read - helped me "unlock" my Git understanding

my book highlights



Get local repo from Git (clone)

Navigate first in terminal to folder where the cloned repo should be as a sub-folder, then:

git clone my_repo_url.git


git init

git add .
git commit -m "my first commit"

# 1st time
git remote add origin <remote repository URL>
git remote add origin https://github.com/ndeville/indeXee.git

git push origin main


git push origin HEAD:master

if ""error: src refspec master does not match any"

git init
git add .
git commit -m 'message'
git push -u origin master    

after this, if you still having that error, follow these steps again:

git add .
git commit -m 'message'
git push -u origin master 

git push origin HEAD:main

get repo updates

git pull origin main

rename Local Branch

git branch -m new-branch-name


git branch -m main

delete local branch

git branch -d  local_branch_name

list all branches

git branch -a

remote servers configured

git remote -v

add remote server

git remote add shortname url

shortname is optional


git remote add [<options>] <name> <url>

    -f, --fetch           fetch the remote branches
    --tags                import all tags and associated objects when fetching
                          or do not fetch any tag at all (--no-tags)
    -t, --track <branch>  branch(es) to track
    -m, --master <branch>
                          master branch
                          set up remote as a mirror to push to or fetch from

completely uninitialize (ie remove, delete) Git from your Project

rm -rf .git

remove files that are listed in the .gitignore but still on the repository

You basically remove and re-add all files, but git add will ignore the ones in .gitignore:

git rm -r --cached .
git add .
git commit -m "Drop files from .gitignore"

size managememt

15 Mar 2023

My notes folder size is now 2.2Gb. Need to figure out how to manage this:



  1. what is the impact of a 1.3Gb .git folder?
  2. how to reduce the size of the .git folder?
  3. how to reduce the size of the pagefind index folder?