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Why do people fork repositories on GitHub? [closed]

I noticed that a lot of GitHub accounts only have repositories which are forked from other accounts. In addition the people who do this usually don't make any contributions to the forked repositories. ...
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What could be the use of forking a repository in a github's organization?

I'm trying to figure it out some nice workflow for our company, and we have so far the main repository on the github's organization account and we all, the members of the team working on the branches ...
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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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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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Is licensing required for public repositories?

I am planning to start the public repository on github. In this repository I will be sharing code which I will be posting in my blog. I have seen lot of repositories without any license. Is it ...
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Best github repository layout for snippets in multiple programming languages

I have to create a github-presence for an open-source organization. The aim is to distribute code snippets and reference implementations in different programming languages. These contributions are ...
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github tools - is there a way not to copyright your app and stay its author

I am wondering... Recently I have observed github; I saw many Java projects' codes which don't have copyright at their headers... I mean, as I may guess, in this case the only thing which can prove ...
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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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Multiple SSH keys for different organizations

I can see that GitHub allows you to have multiple mail account and associate every organization you are part of with a different address. Can this be done also for SSH keys? What I would like to do ...
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GitHub access to repo: only with URL? [closed]

I'm finishing my dissertation and want/need to provide the source code of some analysis scripts I've used. I did all the version control with git. Because I want to publish the results generated with ...
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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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How safe & trustworthy are hosting sites such as sourceforge, github or bitbucket for closed-source projects? [closed]

I am considering using sourceforge, bitbucket or github for managing source control for my business. I have open projects and I participate in open projects such as gcc. But I also have a business ...
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What is the netiquette for forking other people's open source projects? [duplicate]

I started to get more and more engaged in open source development and I was wondering if there are any guidelines on how to properly document and maintain a fork? For example, let's say you fork a ...
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Could submitting a Pull Request ever constitute accepting a Contributor Licence Agreement?

Some software projects have a Contributor Licence Agreement. The agreement could, for instance, assign copyright of 3rd-party contributions to the original project creator. Could submitting a Pull ...
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Git submodule vs Git clone

I am working on an opensource project on github. It has a subdirectory /Vendor in which it has a copy of several external libraries. Original maintainer of the project updated this directory with ...
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What is proper etiquette for releasing a complete rewrite of an existing project?

I'm new to the opensource world. The project I'm working on resides on Github. (Just for reference) The project I'm working on is a plug-in for the Plex Media Server. I plan to submit my plug-in to ...
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What is the etiquette of renaming an open source fork?

I want to fork on Github the TestNG java testing framework (Apache 2 license) so I can add/change some minor things to suit my needs. It's unlikely that all of my changes would be approved in the ...
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code review with git-flow and github

With regular git and github I can do a code review by simply creating a pull request of the feature branch I'm working on to the master branch. How would I do code reviews with git-flow? With workflow ...
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Software for prioritising issues / tasks in an ordered list/queue (ideally in Github)? [closed]

It seems to me that the best way to manage priority for programming tasks in a backlog is to simply put them in order. Do the top task first, second one next. If priority changes, re-order the queue. ...
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Proper Git setup between designers and developers?

Basically we now have 2 developers for an iOS project, 2 developers for an Android project and 1 designer doing designs for both projects. Right now, the way we exchange designs and images is through ...
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Committing https certificates to Github…is there ever a good reason for this?

If a server certificate is published to Github, a la: -----BEGIN CERTIFICATE----- is that necessarily a bad thing? Is there ever a legitimate reason to do this? I ask because of a recent wave of ...
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Can my GitHub and SourceForge account share the same repository?

I like that SourceForge can also let people browse your code using Git. But, before I even set up the project on SourceForge, I had a GitHub repository for it. Now that I have created my SourceForge ...
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If I own an open source project why would I not host it on Github? [closed]

I've noticed that one rather well-known open source project (which I won't name so that noone focuses too much on that specific project) offers sources for download as a .zip via FTP instead of having ...
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What is proper etiquette and recommended GitHub workflow for simultaneously contributing to and diverging from upstream repo?

I'm new to GitHub and VCS in general. I've been programming in various languages for years, but I've always worked solo on custom projects (no public releases). I recently started using a jQuery UI ...
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Forking a repo on GitHub but allowing new issues on the fork

I have previously forked other people's repos on GitHub, and I have noticed that issues stay with the original repo, and that I can't file issues on the forked repo. I now have the following task. I ...
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Is there a purpose for using pull requests on my own repo if I am the only developer?

So I got started with a real project of mine on GitHub and things are going pretty well and ideas are flowing a lot faster than I initially thought. In order to keep things organized, I setup some ...
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Why do we sign a .JAR ? or a tag on github?

I have a question : Why do I need to sign a .JAR using jarsigner? is there a specific reason or use of that ? Same question when I tag a version on github ?
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Collaboration using github and testing the code

The procedure in my team is that we all commit our code to the same development branch. We have a test server that runs updated code from this branch so that we can test our code on the servers. This ...
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How to deal with well-meaning open-source contributors?

If a programmer contacts you and asks to contribute to your project, how do you handle it? You don't know if this guy is any good. Perhaps he'll be more trouble than he's worth. He might be trying ...
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Security issue about making my code public in GitHub

I'm developing a big community/forum website and I'd like to upload my code to GitHub to have at least some sort of version control over it (because I have nothing other than a .rar file as a backup, ...
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Conceptual difference between Git and GitHub

The last line of this answer prompted me to ask this question . I know to know at a conceptual level the difference between Git and GitHub .
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Why learn git when there are GUI apps for GitHub?

Given that GitHub provides GUI apps for both Mac and Windows, what are the benefits of learning to use git from the command line? Currently I'm using their mac app to update my repositories, and so ...
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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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GitHub OS project how to have a good version and a work in progress version

I have started my own OS application, I am hosting it on GitHub. My problem is that I push changes to the repository from more than one location so sometimes I want to work on it and sometimes I can't ...
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How do I put YAML code in GitHub MarkDown? [closed]

Following YAML snippet that I'm trying to place in my markdown formatted readme: ``` libraries: - name: numpy version: "1.6.1" ``` Tried the above with both no and 2 trailing spaces at ...
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Is it OK to push my code to GitHub while it is still in early development?

I have some projects that are in a very early development state. They are nowhere nearing completion but I do host them (as public repos) on GitHub because: I have multiple computers and I want ...
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How is the Linux repository administrated?

I am amazed by the Linux project and I would like to learn how they administrate the code, given the huge number of developers. I found the Linux repository on GitHub, but I do not understand how it ...
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Github Workflow: Pushing small fix branches to remote, or keep them local?

In Scott Chacon's workflow (explained eg in this SO answer), with essentially two silos (development, and master), if, say I have a small bug to fix (e.g. can be fixed with a few characters) is the ...
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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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Examples of non open source projects on Bitbucket or Github

Need examples to show management that these are used for source control and effectively backup of projects. They will be concerned about having their source code off-site. If there are good ...
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How can I view github tasks which are not assigned to a person?

On the main Issues page, you can click Everyone's Issues, or Assigned to me. If you want to view the tasks assigned to a particular person, you can click the search icon, and on the left choose the ...
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what are the advantages and disadvantages of putting code for an unfinished project on github

I'm stating to work on a project that I intend to release as open source via the githubs. What are the advantages of putting the code on github from the outset, as opposed to waiting until the project ...
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How should I get my code ready for OpenSourcing it and putting it on GitHub?

In a few weeks, my project is going to be finished and I want to start getting my code ready for other people to use it. I am going to be posting everything to GitHub so people can tweak it and ...
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How does one handle sensitive data when using Github and Heroku?

I am not yet accustomed with the way Git works (And wonder if someone besides Linus is ;)). If you use Heroku to host you application, you need to have your code checked in a Git repo. If you work on ...
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What is the relevance of resumes in the age of GitHub, Stack Exchange, Coursera, Udacity, blogs, etc.? [closed]

My resume is no longer relevant. It can no longer contain an adequate description of my technical abilities. One can get a much better sense of what I am capable of by looking at my GitHub ...
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How can I organize personal git repositories?

I'm in the process of setting up a GitHub account with the plan of making a pair of libraries I developed as parts of some recent iOS projects freely available for other iOS devs to use. I don't ...
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Should a github maintainer rewrite author's in pull requests?

I'm not a programmer by profession, but I do some coding and have used github some. I've run across what I find to be a surprising situation. I'm very familiar with git. There is a project which I ...
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MIT License Question (download somebody else's code and throw it on github)

Sometimes I use plugins and 3rd party libraries, and one thing that drives me crazy is when these libraries are not versioned. So, if I download it, make some mods to it, I am the only person in the ...
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How can I get an anonymous user to submit bugs on a private GitHub project?

Our company has a private GitHub repository for the project I'm working on. After a full summer of work, it looks like we'll be launching this week (wheee!). However, I want to include a "submit a ...
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Why should I push if I'm working alone in a local repository?

I'm interacting with Git through GitHub for Windows, which is funny since I'll never push my repository to GitHub. I'm working on it alone and it's intended to be used only by me. I noticed that my ...