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Essential Source Control with Git

With the prevalence of modern DevOps culture, it is essential for almost any IT professional to have a basic understanding of source control. This activity walks through the basics of using the popular tool, Git, for source control.

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Clock icon Beginner
Clock icon 30m
Clock icon Jan 21, 2019

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Table of Contents

  1. Challenge

    Install and Configure Git on a Workstation

    Run the following commands on the workstation host, providing your name and email address:

    • sudo yum install git
    • Accept the prompt to download and install packages.
    • git config --global [email protected]
    • git config --global John
  2. Challenge

    Clone the "Source Unchained" Repository from ** to `/home/cloud_user/play` and Add a New Branch for Your Story

    Run the following commands:

    • git clone /home/cloud_user/play
    • cd /home/cloud_user/play
    • git branch john-story
  3. Challenge

    Add a New Story File to the Play Files and Track It in Source Control

    1. Switch to your new branch
    • git checkout john-story
    1. Create a new file (for example, story.txt) with some sample content.
    • vim /home/cloud_user/play/johns-story.txt
    1. Add the file to the repository by running the following:
    • Note: Make sure you are in the repository directory (assuming the filename johns-story.txt).
    • cd /home/cloud_user/play
    • git add johns-story.txt
  4. Challenge

    Add an Entry to the File `contributers.txt`

    Starting in the directory /home/cloud_user/play:

    1. Edit contributers.txt to add an entry for yourself
    • vim contributers.txt
    1. You will need to let git know to track the change you made by running the following:
    • git add contributers.txt
  5. Challenge

    Commit Your Changes Using the Message "airplane story"

    Run git commit -m "airplane story" from the directory /home/cloud_user/play.

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