Git Between Your Laptop and Desktop

Posted by Tejus Parikh on June 6, 2012

As a follow up to yesterday’s git post, I wanted to share one other Git trick.

SVN is client-server. Git is multi master. Which means that you can easily share your code between your laptop and desktop without ever touching the outside world, though you will need SSH enabled on both machines. Here’s how to do it.

On Your Desktop

git remote add laptop <username>@<laptopname>:/path/to/git/repo

git fetch laptop

On Your Laptop

git remote add desktop <username>@<desktopname>:/path/to/git/repo

git fetch desktop

Moving Code

Once you’ve got the remote set up, it’s no different than doing a git pull from the central server.

To pull from the laptop to the desktop:

git pull laptop <branchname>

To pull from the desktop to the laptop:

git pull desktop <branchname>

Never Push in this Case

If you go with this setup, always pull from the other repo. It is never a good idea to push to a repository with an active working copy. Unexpected things can happen and it’s possible to lose commits. Pulling is always safe, since you are actively managing the side that is changing from the operation.

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