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A slightly open question regarding best practices, I can find lots of functional guides for git but not much info about standard ordering of operations etc:

Whats the standard/nice way of working with remote repositories, specifically for making a change and taking it all the way back to the remote master. Can someone provide a step-by-step list of procedures they normally follow when doing this. i.e. something like:

  1. clone repo
  2. create new local branch of head
  3. make changes locally and commit to local branch
  4. ...
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Somewhat subjective, but looks okay to me as the question calls for specific, well-defined procedures and not mere opinions. See Good Subjective, Bad Subjective. –  DragonLord Nov 28 '12 at 16:41

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Here is how I do it. I usually work on the remote repository by myself so comments are welcome, especially from people who use a similar workflow collaboratively.

On local computer: clone the remote repository.

git clone ssh://user@master:path/my_rep
cd my_rep

The cloned repository creates automatically an 'origin' link to the master. Before working it is a good idea to pull the latest changes and create a local branch:

git pull origin --rebase
git checkout -b local_mybranch
(... work ...)
git commit -a
(... work ...)
git commit -a

Before pushing your changes to the master you can always do a pull of the master change and rebase your work branch on it. A trick I often use is to make a rebase with the -i option. That way you can paste your commit together in one single giant commit.

git checkout master
git pull --rebase
git checkout local_mychanges
git rebase -i master

Then push your changes on remote: git push origin local_mybranch:mybranch_on_remote

On the remote repository. You (or someone else) can merge the changes in the master branch.

git checkout master    
git merge mybranch_on_remote
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