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Using git hub with eclipse (EGit)

UPDATE: the first section talks about dealing with existing local repo
I added a new section to clone a repo from the scratch by EGit without using any external tool like Git Bash


Section 1 : Working with existing Repo

Today I'm going to try EGit to integrate a local and remote repository with eclipse

let's start by running eclipse > File > Import :

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Then I added a Class called Tester to this project and committed it through git bash ( to test if eclipse will sync if I use git bash)

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 Until then the project didn't look like it was connected with my local repository, I right-clicked the project in eclipse > Team > share project :

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After I clicked finish the source control icons in eclipse appeared :

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so eclipse connected well to the local repository without loosing any info as you can see 'Tester.java' is appearing as committed.

Now we will start using EGit, and to do that I added another class 'Tester2' and committed it:

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Now the file is committed, let's try to push it to the remote repository:
right click the project > Team > push branch 

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Done! very smooth process with good GUI from eclipse to do basic functionality like adding files and committing then push to remote, lets try more features.

1- branching

create new branch 'dev-adding-feature1':
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add new Interface : Feature1.java, at first the file won't be tracked by git, to add it to the tracking tree right click the file > Team > Add to Index :




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This file will now appear like this in the commit screen:

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 but we also want to remove the configuration files from appearing here since they are not to be committed, let's add them to the ignore list:
switch to navigator view (  window -> open view -> navigator )
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Now the commit screen is clean :

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Now let's commit and push to the remote repo:

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this will create a new remote branch on git-hub
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let's do a pull request and merge dev with dev-adding-feature1

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Now dev has feature1 folder and interface:

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Now let's switch locally to the dev branch instead of dev-adding-feature1 to update our local dev branch with the new changes:

before update (no feature 1)

go to Team > Remote > Fetch From ..

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Now the HEAD changes are fetched for all repositories, we will need to merge the remote dev branch with our local dev branch to see the changes: 

go to Team > Merge..

from local section, dev branch will be selected, and from Remote section, select origin/dev
Now the new commits (changes) will be available in our local dev branch.

another way to do this is to do a Pull. it will automatically do a fetch then merge.


if a conflict happens we will need to resolve it before merge is possible.


Section 2 : only using EGit to clone the repo:

to clone a repo go to File > Import , Select Git




Select Clone URI, then copy the https url and put in your git hub user name and password:




after that the info of the repository will be fetched


Click next and choose the branch that you want to work in, for now I selected master.
after that you will be promted to select a project, in my master I didn't had any so I had to finish the wizard there.



Now because I didn't select the proper branch [ has no projects ] to switch branches in EGit go to to:

Window > Show view > Others : Git > Git Repositories



right click the repo name and you can switch branches :


then create a new local branch and check it out then import the project as in section 1.





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