Initializing and synchronizing a Git repository

This documentation explains how to create a Git repository synchronized with a SourceForge project. For ease of use, we will assume in the following that the project identifier and the repository name are identical : my_project.

Optional: configuring Git user identity

If you are using Git for the first time, you should first consider setting user related parameters. If already used Git on your user session, you can skip this step.

git config --global <name>
git config --global <email>

Repository initialization and remote configuration

Create a new directory named after my_project and initialize a Git structure inside it.

mkdir my_project
cd my_project
git init

Connect the local repository to the remote SourceForge, this links is named origin.

git remote add origin

First commit and push to the remote repository

Create and add a dummy file to the repository (to be adapted to something useful).

echo "This is a test file" > file1.txt
git add file1.txt

Commit the changes locally and push the changes to the remote repository.

git commit -m "My first commit including a dummy file" 
git push origin master

Notice that the last instruction can be abbreviated by git push if the remote identifier and branch are set as default.
git push --set-upstream origin master

Updating changes from remote users

If you are collaborating with other users (or using several computers), you can update your local repository thanks to the following instruction.

git pull