Re: Broken Repo

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Thanks for the reply guys. It's fixed now.

On 5/7/2012 2:49 AM, Jeff King wrote:
On Sun, May 06, 2012 at 10:36:53PM -0500, Joe Zim wrote:

Hi, I'm new here. I'm using Github right now. I have a repository
there and a local copy on my Windows 7 PC. I made a change, committed
it, then attempted to push it. I got a strange error that I can't
remember. Anyway, after several attempts I decided to just delete the
local repository, restore it from github and try again later. I
realize now that there were other ways this should have been handled,
but right now it doesn't matter. I can't figure out how to restore a
copy from Github and make this renewed repo the master branch. Can
anyone give me a detailed, step by step answer please?
I don't quite understand your question. You deleted the original
repository, which I assume means you removed the whole working tree. So
can you not "git clone" the original repository again and redo your

Or did you remove only the ".git" directory, leaving your modified
working tree in place? If that is the case, you probably want:

   # turn your directory back into a git repository
   cd $your_project
   git init

   # fetch the existing work again
   git remote add origin $your_remote_url
   git fetch

   # now tell git that we are basing our branch on the upstream master.
   # We must make sure not to use "--hard" here, because that would
   # overwrite the working tree.
   git reset origin/master

At this point you should be able to use "git status" to see your
changes, and commit as normal. You might also want to run:

   git branch --set-upstream master origin/master

to make "git pull" work without any arguments. This setup is done
automatically by "git clone", but not by the manual init+fetch we did

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