I have been using Git and Github for a little while and I think both of them are great. However, there are a few Git projects that I either don’t want to put on Github or can’t but I want to work on them on multiple computers. I might also add that I don’t (at the moment) want to pay for private repositories and instead of using an alternative online service I found out I could use Dropbox. To clarify, these are for projects only I am working on.
To start with let us assume we already have a git repository on one machine. The first step is to create a bare git repository in Dropbox. I have decided to have a specific folder in my main Dropbox folder for all my Git repositories, so we put the new bare respository in there.
git init --bare ~Dropbox/Git/New_repos
Then we need to add that as a remote in the repository we’re working on.
git remote add dropbox ~Dropbox/Git/New_repos
Finally we push to the remote.
git push -u master dropbox
Now if I am working on my other machine I can
clone the repository with
git clone ~/Dropbox/Git/New_repos
and I like to rename the remote.
git remote rename origin dropbox
I know that I could do it all in one step as
git clone -o dropbox ~/Dropbox/Git/New_repos
but I keep forgetting. The
-o controls the name of the remote and we can check everything looks ok by looking at the remotes
git remote -v
which should return something along the lines of
dropbox ~/Dropbox/Git/New_repos (fetch) dropbox ~/Dropbox/Git/New_repos (push)
to finish. Once that is done I can push/pull as normal to ensure everything is up to date.