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General Discussion

Jonathan Grieve
Jonathan Grieve
Treehouse Moderator 91,252 Points

Public repositories on Github

I want to work with a client project on Git to get some practical experience with using Git on a project.

To me that means using Github remote repository to practice with regular push and pull requests.

But I'm torn as to whether I want to pay the $7 a month (less for an international exchange rate) for one private repository and I'm scared as to what could happen if I make the repository public.

I could keep the repository off Github completely I suppose but then what's the point. I may as well just work as I normally have.

It's a WordPress project I'm doing so this would be a bold Git project for me. I've already had to deal with some scary warnings like

warning: LF will be replaced by CRLF in .htaccess.

What does that mean? It's not had any effect at all on my files.


3 Answers

If you are torn between pricing and private repository, consider looking at "GitLab" (sort of little brother to "GitHub"). If offers free public & private repositories and loads of other features.

LF and CRLF are whitespace characters (not visible by default in editors) that occur at the end of a line:

  1. LF - Line Feed on Unix Systems ("\n")
  2. CRLF - Carriage Return + Line Feed on Windows Systems ("\r\n" )

If you want to turn this warning off, use the git command:

git config core.autocrlf true

You can read more about this issue here.

John Steer-Fowler
John Steer-Fowler
Courses Plus Student 11,734 Points

Hi Jonathan,

Making a Github repo 'public' will mean that anyone can find it and fork it to get the source files for themselves. This means that anyone would have access to your client's source files. I obviously don't know much about the site, but I would recommend not making anything public unless it's yours and you want to release it for everyone to use.

By all means you can pay the $7 to make private repos.

I would recommend finding a public repo and contributing to it to practice.

One of the Treehouse members created this repo a few days ago for people to practice on, why not fork it and have a go at making some pull requests?

I have contributed a few times on that repo and it's a good project to have some fun on.

I hope this helps

Jonathan Grieve
Jonathan Grieve
Treehouse Moderator 91,252 Points

Yup I have been meaning to get going on that repo but not had the time. But this comfirms my suspicions I won't be using this project on a public repo :)

Joel Bardsley
Joel Bardsley
31,246 Points

I've been using BitBucket for free private repositories for use with client work, and would recommend it, but I'll definitely be checking out Srikar's suggestion of GitLab.

If you end up giving BitBucket a go, here's a good guide to get you started,

Seth Kroger
Seth Kroger
56,412 Points

+1 for BitBucket. I keep private stuff there.