Recently, I revisited some fundamental Git operations while updating my GitHub Pages repository. This post serves as a refresher on some essential commands and procedures that are crucial for maintaining a streamlined development process.

Fetching and Branch Confirmation

To ensure that your local repository aligns with your remote repository on GitHub, start with a simple git status:

git status

This command checks the current status of your local repo but does not compare it with the remote repository. To fetch the latest changes and see how your local branch compares to the remote, use:

git fetch origin
git diff origin/main

Replace main with your branch name if different.

Branch Management

I encountered a mix-up with branch names due to inactivity. To confirm the branch you’re currently working on, you can list all branches:

git branch -a

This command helps identify both local and remote branches, indicating the active branch with an asterisk (*).

Deleting Unwanted Files

During cleanup, I realized .DS_Store files had accumulated in the repo. After deleting them locally, they must be staged and committed:

git add -u
git commit -m "Remove .DS_Store files"
git push origin main

Handling Discrepancies Between Devices

A common issue when working across different devices (e.g., Windows and Mac) is discrepancies in file presence. It’s crucial to consistently pull the latest changes before making new commits:

git checkout correct-branch  # Replace with your actual branch
git pull origin correct-branch


Git is an essential tool for version control. Regular practice and documentation like this blog post help solidify understanding and ensure smoother project management.