How to upload an updated local repo to GitHub if I previously uploaded a version already?

Believe it or not, I'm still new to GitHub. I'm using GitHub Desktop.

I previously uploaded my repo to Github, let's call it Repo A.

Now I have a version of the same code of Repo A in my localhost, let's call it Repo A++ because some code in this repo has been updated. The old .git folder is no longer available.

So, how can I add and push Repo A++ in localhost to Repo A?

My concern is when I fetch (or pull, I'm not sure) Repo A from GitHub, will it overwrite all my updated files in Repo A++?

1 answer

  • answered 2022-05-04 11:03 Chang Zhao

    Your Repo A is on github.com Lets assume its this path: And lets assume your directory on localhost is

    /home/mewiben39/dev/RepoA++/
    

    https://github.com/mewiben39/RepoA.git

    switch to a directory some other location lets say (below is my assumed directory) cd /home/mewben39/dev/git_clones/ then git clone https://github.com/mewben39/RepoA.git

    this will clone your remote repo locally to (this will also contain .git folder but its hidden)

    /home/mewben39/dev/git_clones/RepoA/

    RepoA contains code from github.com which you want to be merged with RepoA++

    Now run the below command

    cp -rv /home/mewiben39/dev/RepoA++/*  /home/mewben39/dev/git_clones/RepoA/
    

    the above cp command will copy data from RepoA++ to RepoA

    now you have overwritten code from RepoA++ to RepoA on local,

    then navigate to RepoA you cloned locally and git add . and finally commit the code git commit -m 'copied code from RepoA++ to RepoA' then git push`.

    Remember git add . is not recommended I did it as you copying code from updated RepoA++ which is you are moving entire code base.

    Also, I have used this method because you mentioned you have code in RepoA++ updated.

    Alliteratively you can also navigate to RepoA++ and set remote URL to git remote set main github.com/mewiben39/repoA.git

    then git push with force flag. Using force flag is not recommended.

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