Posted By: Anonymous
I’m trying to update a Git repository on GitHub. I made a bunch of changes, added them, committed then attempted to do a
git push. The response tells me that everything is up to date, but clearly it’s not.
git remote show origin
responds with the repository I’d expect.
Why is Git telling me the repository is up to date when there are local commits that aren’t visible on the repository?
[searchgraph] git status # On branch develop # Untracked files: # (use "git add <file>..." to include in what will be committed) # # Capfile # config/deploy.rb nothing added to commit but untracked files present (use "git add" to track) [searchgraph] git add . [searchgraph] git status # On branch develop # Changes to be committed: # (use "git reset HEAD <file>..." to unstage) # # new file: Capfile # new file: config/deploy.rb # [searchgraph] git commit -m "Added Capistrano deployment" [develop 12e8af7] Added Capistrano deployment 2 files changed, 26 insertions(+), 0 deletions(-) create mode 100644 Capfile create mode 100644 config/deploy.rb [searchgraph] git push Everything up-to-date [searchgraph] git status # On branch develop nothing to commit (working directory clean)
git push doesn’t push all of your local branches: how would it know which remote branches to push them to? It only pushes local branches which have been configured to push to a particular remote branch.
On my version of Git (22.214.171.124), when I run
git remote show origin it actually prints out which branches are configured for push:
Local refs configured for 'git push': master pushes to master (up to date) quux pushes to quux (fast forwardable)
Q. But I could push to
master without worrying about all this!
git clone, by default it sets up your local
master branch to push to the remote’s
master branch (locally referred to as
origin/master), so if you only commit on
master, then a simple
git push will always push your changes back.
However, from the output snippet you posted, you’re on a branch called
develop, which I’m guessing hasn’t been set up to push to anything. So
git push without arguments won’t push commits on that branch.
When it says “Everything up-to-date”, it means “all the branches you’ve told me how to push are up to date”.
Q. So how can I push my commits?
If what you want to do is put your changes from
origin/master, then you should probably merge them into your local
master then push that:
git checkout master git merge develop git push # will push 'master'
If what you want is to create a
develop branch on the remote, separate from
master, then supply arguments to
git push origin develop
That will: create a new branch on the remote called
develop; and bring that branch up to date with your local
develop branch; and set
develop to push to
origin/develop so that in future,
git push without arguments will push
If you want to push your local
develop to a remote branch called something other than
develop, then you can say:
git push origin develop:something-else
However, that form won’t set up
develop to always push to
origin/something-else in future; it’s a one-shot operation.