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Git status showing - fatal: Not a git repository.

I follow everything as shown in the video, but my git status isn't working as it supposed to.

1 Answer

Alex Koumparos
Alex Koumparos
Python Development Techdegree Student 36,886 Points

Hi Andrew,

It looks like you either didn't create a repository (using git init) or you are not in the same directory as where you created the repository.

I'm not sure if you are using Windows or Mac/Linux. The following commands will work with Unix/Unix-like systems. If you are using Windows, let me know and I'll give you the Windows equivalent.

  1. Check that you are in the directory you think you should be: pwd. You should be inside the directory where you created the git repo (when you typed git init) and not the parent directory.
  2. If you are definitely in the right directory, maybe you didn't create the repo. Check by typing ls -a. You should see .git in the output. If you don't have a .git subdirectory, you don't have a git repo initialised.
  3. If you don't have the repo initialised, type git init.

Hope that helps.