How to Use GitHub and Atom

I’ve decided to learn a little bit more about how to use GitHub because I want to start writing some automation code for the UCS B-Series configuration. I did some research on which editor to use (I’ve only used vi, that was the last time I coded) and I found that Atom ( is really sleek and that it integrates with programming languages and you can git directly from it. I will try to present my findings in the next few paragraphs.

In Summary:

  • Go to and create an account by clicking the ‘Sign up‘ button on the top right.

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  • Create a Repository (project): You can Read the guide or Start a project directly:


  • Copy the Clone/Download URL


  • git clone the URL (If you don’t have git installed, check this post from Chris Chernoff explaining how to go about it).
Mac:~ prmadness$ pwd
Mac:~ prmadness$ which git
Mac:~ prmadness$ git clone
Cloning into 'new_project'...
remote: Counting objects: 3, done.
remote: Total 3 (delta 0), reused 3 (delta 0), pack-reused 0
Unpacking objects: 100% (3/3), done.
Mac:~ prmadness$  ls -ld new_project
drwxr-xr-x  4 prmadness  staff  136 Feb  8 15:06 new_project/
Mac:~ prmadness$ cd new_project/
Mac:new_project prmadness$ pwd

With the previous section, I demonstrated how to download or clone the project or repository into your computer. Now let’s move on to the Atom editor:

  • Download the Atom editor from, then install and start the application.
  • Open the Atom editor and under the File menu click on “Add Project Folder”, Then select the project folder that came down from the git clone.


  • In the Atom editor, write your python code and save the file to the repository folder using a .py extension. In this example, we will use the filename “
  • If the atom-runner package is installed, you could execute the code directly from Atom pressing CTRL-R on your keyboard.
  • Go back to the command line (Terminal) and execute the following commands:
Mac:$cd new_project/
Mac:ucs-config prmadness$ pwd
Mac:ucs-config prmadness$ git status
On branch master
Your branch is up-to-date with 'origin/master'.
Untracked files:
  (use "git add ..." to include in what will be committed)

nothing added to commit but untracked files present (use "git add" to track)
  • Execute “git add” and “git status” again
git add 
Mac:ucs-config prmadness$ git status
On branch master
Your branch is up-to-date with 'origin/master'.
Changes to be committed:
  (use "git reset HEAD ..." to unstage)

    new file:
  • Execute “git commit -m “message”
Mac:ucs-config prmadness$ git commit -m "first commited file"
[master c04a7ac] first commited file
 1 file changed, 6 insertions(+)
 create mode 100644
  • At this point, the new file is committed to the project in my laptop, but not synced up.
  • Execute “git push
Mac:ucs-config prmadness$ git push
warning: push.default is unset; its implicit value has changed in
Git 2.0 from 'matching' to 'simple'. To squelch this message
and maintain the traditional behavior, use:

  git config --global push.default matching

To squelch this message and adopt the new behavior now, use:

  git config --global push.default simple

When push.default is set to 'matching', git will push local branches
to the remote branches that already exist with the same name.

Since Git 2.0, Git defaults to the more conservative 'simple'
behavior, which only pushes the current branch to the corresponding
remote branch that 'git pull' uses to update the current branch.

See 'git help config' and search for 'push.default' for further information.
(the 'simple' mode was introduced in Git 1.7.11. Use the similar mode
'current' instead of 'simple' if you sometimes use older versions of Git)

Username for '': prmadness
Password for '': 
Counting objects: 3, done.
Delta compression using up to 8 threads.
Compressing objects: 100% (3/3), done.
Writing objects: 100% (3/3), 346 bytes | 0 bytes/s, done.
Total 3 (delta 0), reused 0 (delta 0)
   fab300a..c04a7ac  master -> master
  • If this was your first time pushing a file, execute “git config –global push.default simple” to get rid of the legacy message.
  • Everyone else who wants to have the latest revision of your project must execute a “git pull” if they already cloned the project or the “git clone URL” command to download the whole project.
  • All these git commands work when you are in the repository path/folder of your laptop, use the “pwd” command to check your current path.
  • Execute git with no arguments to display the Help:
Mac:ucs-config prmadness$ git
usage: git [--version] [--help] [-C <path>] [-c name=value]
           [--exec-path[=<path>]] [--html-path] [--man-path] [--info-path]
           [-p | --paginate | --no-pager] [--no-replace-objects] [--bare]
           [--git-dir=<path>] [--work-tree=<path>] [--namespace=<name>]
           <command> [<args>]

These are common Git commands used in various situations:

start a working area (see also: git help tutorial)
   clone      Clone a repository into a new directory
   init       Create an empty Git repository or reinitialize an existing one

work on the current change (see also: git help everyday)
   add        Add file contents to the index
   mv         Move or rename a file, a directory, or a symlink
   reset      Reset current HEAD to the specified state
   rm         Remove files from the working tree and from the index

examine the history and state (see also: git help revisions)
   bisect     Use binary search to find the commit that introduced a bug
   grep       Print lines matching a pattern
   log        Show commit logs
   show       Show various types of objects
   status     Show the working tree status

grow, mark and tweak your common history
   branch     List, create, or delete branches
   checkout   Switch branches or restore working tree files
   commit     Record changes to the repository
   diff       Show changes between commits, commit and working tree, etc
   merge      Join two or more development histories together
   rebase     Reapply commits on top of another base tip
   tag        Create, list, delete or verify a tag object signed with GPG

collaborate (see also: git help workflows)
   fetch      Download objects and refs from another repository
   pull       Fetch from and integrate with another repository or a local branch
   push       Update remote refs along with associated objects

'git help -a' and 'git help -g' list available subcommands and some
concept guides. See 'git help <command>' or 'git help <concept>'
to read about a specific subcommand or concept.

The preceding steps came from these two videos:

Two things I learned after watching those videos:

  1. Add the terminal-plus package to Atom to open a terminal on you current repository and execute the git commands directly from the Atom editor.
  2. As an alternative to the command line add the git-plus package to use git directly from the Atom editor, after it is installed press “Command+Shift+P” to add, commit and push. To learn how to use git from atom check this video:

As always, excuse my grammar and lack of details, I mostly write these blogs to be able to remember the things I use once a month.


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