I have a folder with all my files set up for a project. I decided to use git on that folder, so I created on Github an empty repo. Usually the procedure is to clone on my local disk the remote repo, and in this case it will create an empty folder. But, what I want to do is to fill the remote repo with my project folder without harming and without moving it. Is there a procedure to do that?


As hinted in GitHub help:

  1. Create a new repository on GitHub.
  2. Open Git Bash.
  3. Change the current working directory to your local project.
  4. Initialize the local directory as a Git repository.

    $ git init
  5. Add the files in your new local repository. This stages them for the first commit.

    $ git add .
  6. Commit the files that you've staged in your local repository.

    $ git commit -m "First commit"
  7. At the top of your GitHub repository's Quick Setup page, click to copy the remote repository URL.

  8. In the Command prompt, add the URL for the remote repository where your local repository will be pushed.

    $ git remote add origin <remote repository URL>
    # Sets the new remote
    $ git remote -v
    # Verifies the new remote URL
  9. Push the changes in your local repository to GitHub.

    $ git push origin master
  • Thanks. I followed your procedure, but at step 9 I got this error: ! [rejected] master -> master (non-fast-forward) It says I have to use git pull first, I did, but I got the following: There is no tracking information for the current branch. Please specify which branch you want to merge with. Anyway, I'm scared that this "git pull" could overwrite my current dir. Am I missing something? – user840718 Mar 7 '19 at 11:21
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    It seems you have already some files on the remote repository. If you don't care about the remove one, then please read stackoverflow.com/questions/5509543/…, or you can pull your remote data to an empty local folder, copy to it what you want, then push – Ahmed Ashour Mar 7 '19 at 11:25
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    It worked with the --force option. Thanks. – user840718 Mar 7 '19 at 11:36

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