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people fork my project but don't fetch from upstream - what can I do?

Several people have forked my github repo but they have not fetched-merged from upstream. So my original repo has evolved significantly since the fork took place, and meanwhile these people are ...
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How to choose between different open-source libraries? [closed]

Recently, I found multiple GitHub repositories that would allow me to perform the same task. (In my case, assess the readability of text strings.) It made me wonder, what are the best practices for ...
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Trying to understand what Travis CI does and when it should be used

I am very new to Git and I am planning to contribute to some open-source project on GitHub after discovering a small error in it. Upon forking it and fixing the error, I purposed a pull request and I ...
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Adding svn support to our git repo

We have been using SVN for several years. Recently, we switched over to git, since some members of the organization pointed out that if our SVN server dies our team is toast. So far, we've got ...
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Do you have to rename the software when you fork a repo?

I forked a repo some time ago and created a few pull requests which went unanswered. Now, the software is MIT-licensed, and I kept the copyright notice there. Do I have to rename the software, or ...
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How do I properly add a reference from my Github project to someone elses in VS2013 on Windows 8?

I need to reference the latest version of Bouncy Castle in a project I intend to publish to Github. In my first posting of the code to Github, someone complained that I downloaded the entire Bouncy ...
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Etiquette using code found on GitHub and using Code beyond included Libraries

I've been trying to find what I'm supposed to do when I want to use code I find on GitHub. I think this post had some good information but I'm still somewhat confused. I want to use code found in ...
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How do I better engage the users who starred my project on GitHub?

I recently put up a project, called Hebel, that I've been working on to GitHub. It's a framework for GPU accelerated deep learning written in Python and Nvidia CUDA. I posted about it on Google+ and ...
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Can I use the code for responsive video on this github link under a license?

This is the link: https://gist.github.com/jgarber/2302238 I am new to github and web development.So please bear with my questions. I would like to use the responsive video code on the link mentioned ...
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Should I fork a fork (on Github)? [closed]

On Github, I've run across a pull request which it implements a feature I like but feel isn't quite intuitive and could be better. The maintainers of the original repo have so far declined to accept ...
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GitHub etiquette for duplicating a repo to change functionality

I've found a GitHub project I'd like to add some features to. After contacting the maintainer, the changes aren't in line with the direction he's going but he's interested to see what I do with it. ...
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Company name already taken at github [closed]

My research-based company's name is already taken on github (mailed the owner without any luck), what is the most recognized naming conventions for company github accounts besides the name directly? ...
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License for free source (re)distribution, but no distribution of modified executables

Question I want to put a phone/tablet app on Github and want to allow full rights for using, studying, sharing and modifying the source code, but disallow any redistribution of executables that ...
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If I fork an open source project and make improvements in the fork, will it or I offend the original authors? [duplicate]

I have identified a couple of open source projects on github.com that are not being kept up to date for many months. I have used them for personal use, and now want to make enhancements to them and ...
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Etiquette for editing someone's pull request

I own a repository on GitHub to which someone sent a pull request with one single commit. I only want to implement his solution partially, and use about half of the code changes the user made. What ...
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Is there a license that forbids distribution and gives a Github repo owner full rights? [duplicate]

I created a Chrome browser extension, and I want to post the code on Github so developers can contribute to the project. My goal is to keep this as one single project though, and I fear that a lot of ...
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How signing out a CLA prevents legal issues in open-source projects?

For example: yeoman. It's licensed under a BSD license. The CLA form (Contributor License Agreement) isn't project specific, and it can be signed electronically. How and what issues can signing out ...
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Handling one code base for multiple clients, with their own custom code

I am working on a CMS, in which we have multiple clients that use it, so the code is stored on their servers. Each client has the default code (user manager, pages manager etc), but every client also ...
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Getting involved on Github (how to find projects) [closed]

I want to contribute to open source projects on Github. Mostly, I'd like to just start out fixing small bugs or adding features. I don't have a particular project in mind. I'd like to work on C, C++, ...
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Managing codebase for basic and pro edition of a project

I have a project which will have basic and professional edition. The professional edition will have all the features of the basic edition. I am using git to manage the project's codebase. I consider ...
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Pulling in changes from a forked repo without a request on GitHub?

I'm new to the social coding community and don't know how to proceed properly in this situation: I've created a GitHub Repository a couple weeks ago. Someone forked the project and has made some ...
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Solution with multiple projects and (GitHub) single issue tracker and repository

I have a Visual Studio solution with multiple projects: Acme.Core Acme.Core.Tests Acme.UI.MvcSite1 Acme.UI.MvcSite2 Acme.UI.WinformsApp1 Acme.UI.WinformsApp2 ... The entire solution is checked-in ...
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How to collaborate on features using github

github encourages 1 fork per user, so that that user can work independently on a feature and then request that feature to be accepted into the main repository via pull request. However, what if 2 ...
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Why is bitbucket popular in eastern europe? [closed]

I was looking at google trends for bitbucket and github, and it seems bitbucket leads github in Romania, Bulgaria, and Latvia. Why is this so? Are there any historical reasons for this?
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Is it acceptable to upload offensive content to GitHub? [closed]

I developed an offensive content checker for my website and want to publish it on GitHub. However, the source code contains many offensive, racist and otherwise nasty content. The source is fully ...
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Organisation GitHub account. Secure to use for personal projects?

So a large client of mine gave me access to their Organisation GitHub account. With it came a login for myself (on github.companyname.com) and of course access to certain repos on their company ...
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github team workflow - to fork or not?

We're a small team of web developers currently using subversion but soon we're making a switch to github. I'm looking at different types of github workflows, and we're not sure if the whole forking ...
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Which is better for small bug fixes and small features - naming branches by ticket number or naming them by feature description?

I am in the middle of a disagreement (cordial, of course) with my lead about proper branch naming. This applies to bug-fix and small feature branches, not long-running feature branches. For ...
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Casual projects on Github omit error checking, logging, etc., for the sake of clarity?

I just started using GitHub to socialize some projects for simple chat and peer-to-peer apps. With respect to coding, is it customary to omit exception handling, error checking, logging, etc., to ...
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GitHub Organizations for a project spanning multiple repositories?

I've started a project that involves at least three repositories on GitHub. One of the repositories is a generic documentation-and-examples dump, and the other two contain the implementation of two ...
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Using one repository for the foundation of another

I have an existing website theme that I have built. I've been using github to maintain this theme, let's call it dragon. We are changing the theme entirely but we're using the existing theme as a ...
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Using Git - better to do lot of incremental updates or one big daily update? [duplicate]

Ive just started working with Git (Github) in anticipation for an up coming project I'm project managing and designing and developing the front end of. One thing I couldn't work out is, is it ...
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How/Where do I give my github commit a version?

I 'm just learning to give project versions. I understand writing details about the changes in my project when committing, but where should I put my version number for my project?
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My github pull request was merged, what's the convention at this stage?

I forked a project on Github, made a small change and sent a pull request to the original maintainer, who has pulled it in. Now the last commit there is Merged pull request #11 from ...
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GitShell, how can I not type the username and passwords?

Open the CMD, and I should type the password and usename? In the GitShell opened by shortcut, I don't need to type the username and password. Related is here: How can I convert GitShell's ...
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How do I license my software under a free license?

I wrote a number of NodeJS modules (some of which are actually good, in my modest opinion). I basically forgot to set a license for them. I would like to pick the AGPL (Affero GPL). How do I do ...
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How do you get into the habit of using a repository (e.g. GitHub)?

Are there some best practices on the repository front, or some common newcomer-traps that I should avoid? I have recently been reading about the benefits of repositories even for single-developer ...
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When should we clean up old, no longer used GIT branches? [duplicate]

We have several bugfix branches that are starting to pile up. They have been merged into master, and deployed to production. Is there a good benchmark for when these branches should be cleaned up? ...
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General way for getting graphics for open source project

I'm in process of making an open source application for Windows. In the end I would require an icons for my app and its gui. I'm huge fan of Tango styled icons, but its pack doesn't provide all icons ...
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GIT Permissions [closed]

There is something not clear for me and this is how to prevent other people read my code. The thing is that I want people create their own branches but not to view the other's branches. If someone is ...
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Should I open pull requests from a branch on the official repo or my fork?

I have commit access on an open source project named Foo hosted on GitHub (there are many other committers if that is relevant). I would like to make a change via pull request so that someone else ...
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Gerrit code review, or Github's fork and pull model?

I am starting a software project that will be team AND community developed. I was previously sold on gerrit, but now Github's fork and pull request model seem to almost provide more tools, ways to ...
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Best way to convert existing project to be open source in GitHub

I've been working on a personal closed source project for some time and would like to make it open source. I've never created my own open source project before so it will be a good learning ...
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Should I fork in case the upstream deletes

I'm creating an open source PHP project that reuses other open source code instead of reinventing the wheel. I'm using composer to pull these projects into my vendor folder. What happens if these ...
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Is there a tool or process to help FOSS authors agree on a license? [closed]

The Evercookie project has several contributors and there is no explicit license for the code. There is currently discussion on the dev mailing list trying to figure out what the licensing options ...
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git tagging comments - best practices

I've adopted a tagging system of x.x.x.x, and this works fine. However, you also need to leave a comment with your git tag. I've been using descriptions such as "fixes bug Y" or "feature X", but is ...
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Fork dead SVN based project on GitHub

I previously asked this at stack overflow but it was closed, I believe because 'programmers' is a more appropriate venue for this question. I have done some work on the SVN Importer project (Apache ...
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What information should be in the github README.md?

What information would you expect to see in the github README? Should everything go in the README? i.e. Introduction Installation Versions User Guide Implementation Testing Related Resources Or ...
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Open source licensing of derived works

I derived an open-sourced work, Service-Nucleus, based on Netflix's Karyon (Apache License) and Google's AngularJS (MIT License). I want to make sure proper licensing and copyrights are in place, and ...
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Will git whine if I create my projects in multiple directories? [closed]

I'm new to git (and github). I work in Java and Python. Right now, I manage my projects in only one directory - let's call it Code and the folder is on my Desktop. I want to group my projects by the ...