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Create a private fork of a public repository

The repository for the assignment is public and Github does not allow the creation of private forks for public repositories.

The correct way of creating a private frok by duplicating the repo is documented here.

For this assignment the commands are:

  1. Create a bare clone of the repository. (This is temporary and will be removed so just do it wherever.)

    git clone --bare git@github.com:usi-systems/easytrace.git
  2. Create a new private repository on Github and name it easytrace.

    If you are unable to create a private repo, you can request unlimited private repos as a studant by getting the student pack from Github.

  3. Mirror-push your bare clone to your new easytrace repository.

    Replace <your_username> with your actual Github username in the url below.

    cd easytrace.git
    git push --mirror git@github.com:<your_username>/easytrace.git
  4. Remove the temporary local repository you created in step 1.

    cd ..
    rm -rf easytrace.git
  5. You can now clone your easytrace repository on your machine (in my case in the code folder).

    cd ~/code
    git clone git@github.com:<your_username>/easytrace.git
  6. If you want, add the original repo as remote to fetch (potential) future changes. Make sure you also disable push on the remote (as you are not allowed to push to it anyway).

    git remote add upstream git@github.com:usi-systems/easytrace.git
    git remote set-url --push upstream DISABLE

    You can list all your remotes with git remote -v. You should see:

    origin	git@github.com:<your_username>/easytrace.git (fetch)
    origin	git@github.com:<your_username>/easytrace.git (push)
    upstream	git@github.com:usi-systems/easytrace.git (fetch)
    upstream	DISABLE (push)
    

    When you push, do so on origin with git push origin.

    When you want to pull changes from upstream you can just fetch the remote and rebase on top of your work.

      git fetch upstream
      git rebase upstream/master

    And solve the conflicts if any

  7. Make your easytrace repo available in your Vagrant VM by adding the following to your Vagrantfile

    Replace "~/code/easytrace" with your local path to the easytrace repo.

    config.vm.synced_folder "~/code/easytrace", "/easytrace"
    
  8. Reload your VM to enable the synced folder (in the folder containing your Vagrant file).

    vagrant reload 
  9. The easytrace repo is available at /easytrace once you ssh into the machine.

@alexanderkomarovincode3

It's a useful guide. But it's not up to date for this case: "Mirroring a repository that contains Git Large File Storage objects"
Better to check the GitHub Documentation.

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machist commented Jan 15, 2023

Thank you very much for this.
Is it possible to create a mirror of specific branch ?

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marwand commented Jan 22, 2023

Thank you, sir!

@silvaitamar
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Grato! :)

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iocmet commented Mar 23, 2023

Thanks

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marchev commented May 10, 2023

Thanks!

@LuWan0122
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Thanks!

@Ozer0x777
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Petit filou !

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ofey404 commented Jun 27, 2023

Great job bro!

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kevherro commented Aug 1, 2023

Thank you!

@sjohnson-FLL
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Really helpful, spent hours looking for this exact guide!

@Liuhaai
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Liuhaai commented Aug 23, 2023

👍

@keriksson-rosenqvist
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Great tutorial.
Follow up question though. How would I go about making a pull request from my private form to the upstream? Normally when you form there's a button in GitHub to allow you to do this but since this is done manually the GitHub linking isn't there. 🤔

@benjaminorr
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Thank you

@thomasXwang
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Thanks 😃

@T0psecurity
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Thx :)

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DLohn commented Oct 4, 2023

According to this entry on the GitHub Docs, using GitHub's forking method means that you lose access to your fork if the source repo goes private and you are not authorized to view the now private repo. Making a private fork with this method seems like a no-brainer if you don't use backups and want to access your changes.

@ConfoundingVariables
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This is immensely useful thanks a lot!!

@ConfoundingVariables
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This is immensely useful thanks a lot!!

https://github.com/new/import also works! 😅

@maxholloway
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This is a game changer, thank you so much!

@marcusreaiche
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Great tutorial! Thanks a lot!

@marcasmed
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Thanks mate!

@novazur972
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Thanks too !

@carlos-granados
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Use this one: https://github.com/new/import

This is the easiest option by far. Just enter the URL of the Github repo you want to replicate and that's it

@MejanH
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MejanH commented Jan 21, 2024

Use this one: https://github.com/new/import

This is the easiest option by far. Just enter the URL of the Github repo you want to replicate and that's it

Thanks man. the best solution.

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fromSmolsoft commented Feb 4, 2024

According to this entry on the GitHub Docs, using GitHub's forking method means that you lose access to your fork if the source repo goes private and you are not authorized to view the now private repo. Making a private fork with this method seems like a no-brainer if you don't use backups and want to access your changes.

I suggest to read that entry again specifically this part here: Changing a public repository to a private repository

...a public repository's forks will remain public in their own separate repository network even after the upstream repository is made private...

@sakibdev
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Best Github guide I found so far. Straight to the point!

@VictorSCamargo
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be careful that sometimes, when you make this bare clone, github will loose track of what branch is the default, so you have to configurate it

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wmyers commented Mar 11, 2024

Use this one: https://github.com/new/import

This is the easiest option by far. Just enter the URL of the Github repo you want to replicate and that's it

Thanks man. the best solution.

Yup this works for me

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