Updated Jan 11, 2020

This is a setup to practice git and Github. It requires the following:

  • Two Github accounts.
  • Two computers in the same network or a computer and a remote server.
  • A static website.

For a while I have been thinking of an interactive process to learn and improve skills in git and Github.

Static Website Platform

For this Git/Github learning lab I am using a static website platform. Here is a tutorial to install a static website with Python.

The static website uses Github pages. The goal is to have an interaction with two github accounts. Use a development environment to write the blog posts and create pull requests. Then a server environment to approve requests and update the website.

Two Github Accounts

For this setup I have two computers in the same network.


  • I use it as a server to approve requests and update the website.
  • Setup with my Main Github account.
  • It has the static website platform installed.


  • I use it as development to write the blog posts and create pull requests.
  • Setup with my 2nd Github account.
  • Forked repo from Main Github account.

Writing blog posts in Development

I created a new branch called newposts.

  • Write/update the blog posts
  • Push to forked repo on the 2nd Github account.

First, check status:

$ git status

If new changes were made on the server, then sync the forked repo. As seen on installing a static website with Python. Follow the section “Fork and sync a local with a remote repo.”

$ git fetch upstream
$ git checkout master
$ git merge upstream/master

As seen here. To merge master with newposts:

$ git checkout newposts
$ git merge master

Resolve conflicts then commit:

$ git commit -m "merged master"

Then add and push the commits

$ git add .
$ git commit -m "new blog post draft"
$ git push -u origin newposts

Error on Git push

You might get this error if there are conflicts

! [rejected]        newposts -> newposts (fetch first)
error: failed to push some refs to 'https://github.com/...
hint: Updates were rejected because the remote contains work that you do
hint: not have locally. This is usually caused by another repository pushing
hint: to the same ref. You may want to first integrate the remote changes
hint: (e.g., 'git pull ...') before pushing again.
hint: See the 'Note about fast-forwards' in 'git push --help' for details.

Create a pull request (2nd Github account)

Login to the 2nd Github account:

  • Navigate to the original repo on Main Github account.
  • Create a pull request.

Using this format with no comments added:

[newpost] name of the blog post

Merge pull request (Main Github account)

Login to the Main Github account:

  • Go to the repo.
  • Review if a pull request was sent.
  • If there are no conflicts, merge the commit into master.

SSH to from Development to Server

This is how I remote access Linux.

From my Local computer, I SSH into my LAN server using the server’s IP address.

$ ssh server-IP

I attach to my Server tmux environment:

(server)$ tmuxinator tom

Using already a Local tmux, inside Server tmux I have to use the prefix twice Ctrl+a Ctrl+a before any binding.

Then I pull the changes and publish the blog.

(server)$ git pull
(server)$ make html && make publish

Publishing the blog in Server

Once I generate the static pages, I just follow my usual process. Push the HTML output.

(server)$ cd output
(server)$ git add .
(server)$ git commit -m "new post"
(server)$ git push -u origin master

Then push the source.

(server)$ cd ..
(server)$ git add .
(server)$ git commit -m "new post"
(server)$ git push -u origin master

Exit server

When the website is published into Github pages. Detach from tmux Ctrl+a Ctrl+a + D.

Then exit:

(server)$ exit