sutee sutee - 2 months ago 17
Git Question

Push origin master error on new repository

I just started using git with github. I followed their instructions and ran into errors on the last step. I'm checking in an existing directory that isn't currently source-controlled (project about a week old). Other than that, my use case should be pretty run of the mill.

Here's what's happening:

$ git push origin master
error: src refspec master does not match any.
fatal: The remote end hung up unexpectedly
error: failed to push some refs to 'git@github.com:{username}/{projectname}.git'


Github's instructions:

Global setup:

Download and install Git
git config --global user.name "Your Name"
git config --global user.email {username}@gmail.com

Next steps:

mkdir projectname
cd projectname
git init
touch README
git add README
git commit -m 'first commit'
git remote add origin git@github.com:{username}/{projectname}.git
git push origin master

Answer

The error message leads to the conclusion that you do not have a master branch in your local repository. Either push your main development branch (git push origin my-local-master:master which will rename it to master on github) or make a commit first. You can not push a completely empty repository.

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