I often clone a repo on GitHub or GitLab make some changes to it locally and then think I'd like to contribute my changes back to the repo. At that point I always wish I could remember the steps to switch to a fork, so for the benefit of my future self this time I wrote down the steps.
Step 1 - Clone a repo
Most recently I thought I'd have a look at how to contribute to the new winget package manager.
git clone https://github.com/microsoft/winget-pkgs
Step 2 - Make some changes
I updated the version of QuickLook and was ready to push and create a PR when ...
Step 3 - Realise I should have forked first
At this point I remember I have no permissions on this repo, and I should have started from a fork 🤦♂️
Step 4 - Fork
So off to GitHub and hit the Fork button which gives me a forked repo at
Step 5 - Rename my origin repo to upstream
I'm going to want my fork to be origin so I can push there so let's rename the current origin.
git remote rename origin upstream
Step 6 - Make my fork the origin
Now I can just point origin at my newly forked repo via SSH:
or via HTTPS:
Step 7 - Fetch from my new origin
git fetch origin
Step 8 - Set origin master
Set the upstream of my master branch to point to my fork.
git branch --set-upstream-to origin/master master
Step 9 - Push to my fork
And now I can push to my forked repo and create a PR.
Step 10 (Optional)
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