Description: Setup GitHub Pages "gh-pages" branch and "master" branch as subfolders of a parent project folder ("grandmaster").
Author: Chris Jacob @_chrisjacob
Tutorial (Gist): https://gist.github.com/833223
The final folder structure on my local system is:
/grandmaster /grandmaster/master /grandmaster/master/.git # checkout of "master" branch /grandmaster/master/README.markdown /grandmaster/gh-pages /grandmaster/gh-pages/.git # checkout of "gh-pages" branch (removed "master" branch) /grandmaster/gh-pages/index.html /grandmaster/gh-pages/README.textile
See "master" branch: https://github.com/chrisjacob/grandmaster
See "gh-pages" branch: https://github.com/chrisjacob/grandmaster/tree/gh-pages
See GitHub Page (auto generated): http://chrisjacob.github.com/grandmaster/
A note for GitHub novices - replace "chrisjacob" with your own GitHub username.
A note for Terminal novices - you don't need to enter the "ichris:Sites $ " parts of the code listed below. ^_^
Visit GitHub and create a new repository with the project name "grandmaster".
Don't follow GitHub's
Next stepsinstructions! Follow the steps below to setup your projects folders on your local system.
Open Terminal.app, create project parent folder "grandmaster", and a subfolder for the "master" branch. Initialise a new git repository for the project and push the "master" branch to GitHub.
ichris:Sites $ mkdir grandmaster ichris:Sites $ cd grandmaster/ ichris:grandmaster $ mkdir master ichris:grandmaster $ cd master/ ichris:master $ git init ichris:master $ echo "# Master README file" > README.markdown ichris:master $ git add . ichris:master $ git commit -m "Master README added" ichris:master $ git remote add origin firstname.lastname@example.org:chrisjacob/grandmaster.git ichris:master $ git push origin master
Refresh your projects "master" branch page on GitHub to see the committed files.
Auto generate a GitHub Pages branch, with some default content.
Or follow these steps to get to the generator page:
Go to the projects Admin page on GitHub https://github.com/chrisjacob/grandmaster/admin
Check the "GitHub Pages" checkbox
A popup will ask you to "Activate GitHub Pages" - click the big "Automatic GitHub Page Generator" button
Check that your GitHub Pages page has been built and is available.
Back in Terminal.app, change directory back to the parent folder, setup a "gh-pages" subfolder for your "gh-pages" branch and change directory into it.
ichris:master $ cd ../ ichris:grandmaster $ mkdir gh-pages ichris:grandmaster $ cd gh-pages/
Clone your "grandmaster" repository into the "gh-pages" folder (this will clone in the "master" branch), checkout the "gh-pages" branch, list the files (should have "index.html" and ".git") and then remove the "master" branch to avoid any confusion. Last step is to check that "master" branch was removed and only "gh-pages" branch is listed.
ichris:gh-pages $ git clone email@example.com:chrisjacob/grandmaster.git . ichris:gh-pages $ git checkout origin/gh-pages -b gh-pages ichris:gh-pages $ ls -la ichris:gh-pages $ git branch -d master ichris:gh-pages $ git branch
You will probably get a warning when deleting the "master" branch... don't worry about it ^_^
Lets add a "README.textile" file to the "gh-pages" branch
ichris:gh-pages $ echo "h1. GitHub Pages README file" > README.textile ichris:gh-pages $ git add . ichris:gh-pages $ git commit -m "Child README added"
Now push to the "gh-pages" branch
ichris:gh-pages $ git push origin gh-pages
Visit your projects "gh-pages" branch page on GitHub to see the committed files.
If everything has gone well you now have a parent project folder named "grandmaster", with subfolders for its two branches "master" and "gh-pages"; each containing a checkout of their respective branch.
For me this system keeps things nice and tidy without needing to do
git checkout gh-pageseach time I want to view my "gh-pages" branch.