#git: an introduction
Welcome to #git! We hope you'll enjoy your stay. This page gives you more
information about #git and about git in general, in an easily digestible format.
Any questions are welcome! Even if you're completely new to git. How to get the best help (also, suggestions on what to do when helping others).
- Can't talk? That's part of our spam protection. Just
"/msg gitinfo .voice" in IRC to bypass it, or be logged into NickServ.
The spam protection is currently disabled as an experiment. We will re-enable
it if we get serious spam flooding.
- Channel guidelines: there are no fixed rules (other than
the ever-present "don't be an idiot"), but in case you're interested in
optimizing the #git experience for yourself and others, here's some
guidelines for both getting help and helping.
- Logging: the channel has a public logfile.
- Pasting text: for pasting more than three lines of text,
please use a pastebin site, e.g. Gist
– or our very own upaste.de which does not
log anything and removes your paste after approximately one hour -- pinky
- Off-topic policy: it's okay to talk about anything
(within general limits of reason), as long as you don't get in the way of
people talking about on-topic things (mainly questions about git and
using git). Accordingly, please consider pausing off-topic discussions to
help people having trouble with git (if any).
- Bot: gitinfo serves as an information bot for
quickly answering frequent questions. Visit the bot's web
interface for using its web-based functions and getting an explanation on
how to use it.
- Humans: A sense of community thrives on people connecting
on a personal level, if even just very slightly. Personally, I like the idea
that Git developers and users can be one big chosen family, if you'll forgive
the needlessly cheesy metaphor. It doesn't matter if you only visit us for a
few minutes, or stick around for years! Of course there will always be wildly
different people in that family, and all of us won't hit it off equally well,
but that's okay! We're pretty good at disagreeing without killing each
other... not even slightly. (We've argued about text editors and we're still
Alternatives for getting help
- The git mailing list (firstname.lastname@example.org) for questions,
bug reports, developer discussions and other stuff. No need to subscribe
for posting. Please use "reply to all" in list discussions. There's a public
archive of all posts.
- Official homepage
- Git wiki
features an extensive FAQ page, a collection of talks about git, information
about third-party tools and resources and lots of other stuff.
- Introductions: read the git book online for free, or
shorter introductions for people who understand graphs or
people who like to understand the building blocks.
- Reference: the Git manpages, a
mostly up-to-date copy of which is hosted here.
- Explanations: many people on the web have tried their
hand at explaining various things about Git. Unfortunately, some of the
information on the web is outdated or even misleading/incorrect. If you're in
doubt about anything you find, feel free to ask us for a second or even third
take. We're fairly confident about the sources listed above, though.