Getting started with Git development¶
This section and the next describe in detail how to set up git for working with the NumPy source code. If you have git already set up, skip to Development workflow.
Basic Git setup¶
Introduce yourself to Git:
git config --global user.email firstname.lastname@example.org git config --global user.name "Your Name Comes Here"
Making your own copy (fork) of NumPy¶
You need to do this only once. The instructions here are very similar to the instructions at http://help.github.com/forking/ - please see that page for more detail. We’re repeating some of it here just to give the specifics for the NumPy project, and to suggest some default names.
Set up and configure a github account¶
If you don’t have a github account, go to the github page, and make one.
You then need to configure your account to allow write access - see the Generating SSH keys help on github help.
Set up your fork¶
First you follow the instructions for Making your own copy (fork) of NumPy.
git clone email@example.com:your-user-name/numpy.git cd numpy git remote add upstream git://github.com/numpy/numpy.git
Clone your fork¶
Clone your fork to the local computer with git clone firstname.lastname@example.org:your-user-name/numpy.git
Investigate. Change directory to your new repo: cd numpy. Then git branch -a to show you all branches. You’ll get something like:
* master remotes/origin/master
This tells you that you are currently on the master branch, and that you also have a remote connection to origin/master. What remote repository is remote/origin? Try git remote -v to see the URLs for the remote. They will point to your github fork.
Now you want to connect to the upstream NumPy github repository, so you can merge in changes from trunk.
Linking your repository to the upstream repo¶
cd numpy git remote add upstream git://github.com/numpy/numpy.git
upstream here is just the arbitrary name we’re using to refer to the main NumPy repository at NumPy github.
Note that we’ve used git:// for the URL rather than git@. The git:// URL is read only. This means we that we can’t accidentally (or deliberately) write to the upstream repo, and we are only going to use it to merge into our own code.
Just for your own satisfaction, show yourself that you now have a new ‘remote’, with git remote -v show, giving you something like:
upstream git://github.com/numpy/numpy.git (fetch) upstream git://github.com/numpy/numpy.git (push) origin email@example.com:your-user-name/numpy.git (fetch) origin firstname.lastname@example.org:your-user-name/numpy.git (push)