Clone a Local Working Branch of a Git Repository to a VM

I’m testing and developing in an OpenShift All-in-One cluster in a VM. I needed my local working branch of a git repository cloned in my VM. I compiled bits and pieces of my web search into this post, so hopefully when the next developer searches the title of this blog they’ll find this!

Substitute in the commands below:
  REPO=repoToClone
  WORKING_BRANCH=workingBranchName
  BARE_REPO="$REPO-bare"
  PATH_TO_REPOS=/path/to/your/repo
  REPO_PATH=/path/to/your/repo/$REPO
  BARE_REPO_PATH=/path/to/your/repo/$BARE_REPO
  PUBLIC_DNS_OF_VM
  VM_USER=output of 'echo ${USER}' from VM
Run these commands while ssh’d into the VM.  I recommend putting these in a script so you can easily sync your local repositories to your VM whenever necessary:
sudo mkdir -p $PATH_TO_REPOS
sudo chown -R $USER:$USER $PATH_TO_REPOS
cd $PATH_TO_REPOS
git init --bare $BARE_REPO
git clone $BARE_REPO_PATH $REPO_PATH
cd $REPO
touch file.txt && git add . && git commit -m 'added a file so I could create a working branch'
git push origin master

Here is output of the above commands:

first_8_cmds

In local machine, clone your git repository to the VM $BARE_REPO:
  cd $REPO_PATH
  git push -q ssh://$VM_USER@$PUBLIC_DNS_OF_VM$BARE_REPO_PATH --force --verbose

Here is output from the git push:

git_push_output

SSH back into VM and run these:
  cd $REPO_PATH
  git pull (this will open a git vim window, enter 'wq' to continue merge)
  git checkout $WORKING_BRANCH

Finally, here is a screenshot of the repository contents and branch name in the VM:

git_pull_ls_output

You now have your current local working branch of a git repository cloned to your VM :)
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One Response to “Clone a Local Working Branch of a Git Repository to a VM”

  1. Adnan Sagar

    That’s very useful, .. thank you for sharing.

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