git Tutorials

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    How to Install a NPM Module from GitHub Branch

    In my journey to work more quickly with a project containing loads of dependencies, I've come across a few techniques I've not needed to use before. I previously wrote about How to Push to a Git Remote Branch of a Different Name -- this...

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    How to Push to a Git Remote Branch of a Different Name

    Git is one of those tools that I've always known just enough about to be dangerous, and usually tend to learn new skills when I'm in a position to truly need them. Shockingly enough it has taken me roughly 15 years of using git for...

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    git: Remove Untracked Files

    I've always said that I know just enough about git to get the job done, but also do something destructive. Nothing embodies that more than my recent mistake. I somehow found a git repository full of untracked files and git stash wouldn't fix it.

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    Detect Changed Files with git

    There are numerous reasons to want to know which files have been added or modified in a git repository, one of which is your text editor highlighting those files. Another use case is running tasks against only files which are presently changed, like lint or...

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    How to Detect the Default Branch in a git Repository

    Over the past few years, many engineering teams have switched their default git branch name from master to a different, potentially less offensive term. I'm all for choosing to name your default branch whatever you'd like, but not having a universal default branch name can...

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    Automatically Rebase GitHub Pull Requests

    Working on an open source project with a thriving contribution community is one of the great joys I have at Mozilla. In leading this charge, I get to meet amazing people of all different skill sets and interests, as well as different points of...

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    Detect git Directory with Bash

    One interesting aspect of working at Mozilla is that Firefox lives in a mercurial repository while several other projects live on GitHub in a git repository. While most focus on either Firefox or another project, I switch between both, leaving me running git commands inside...

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    5 Essential git Commands and Utilities

    For many of us, git and GitHub play a huge role in our development workflows. Whenever we have a tool that we need to use often, the more fine-tuned we can make that tool, the faster we can get things done. The following are five git...

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    How to Set a Default Commit Message

    Having a default commit message is really useful for a number of reasons:It can formalize your commit messagesIt serves as a good reminder for the information you should add to your commit message, like issue numberIf you set it to "Drunk AF, don't accept this"To set...

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    Mercurial Tips

    While most of the world seems to be using git for version control, Mozilla continues to use Mercurial (hg) to manage the Firefox source code. As a git and GitHub lover, it took me a while to get used to Mercurial. I...