Git & RStudio

Ha Khanh Nguyen

GitHub Classroom

  • From Homework 4 (which will be published today), the rest of the assignments (homework and projects) will be submitted through GitHub Classroom.
  • We will practice how to use GitHub Classroom during today’s lecture to make sure everyone is comfortable with using it.
  • A test assignment has been created for us to practice.
  • To add yourself to the classroom and start the test assignment, click the following link:

Test Assignment

  • After you add yourself to the class and start the assignment, a new repository has been created with the name test-assignment-GitUsername with GitUsername as your Git username.
    • For example, for me, my repo is named test-assignment-nkha149.
  • Now, clone the repo to your local laptop using the instructions shown in Git & GitHub lecture notes.
  • A folder named test-assignment-GitUsername is created in your computer.
    • The location of this folder depends on where you ran the git clone command.
  • Inside this folder, there is a RMarkdown file named test-assignment.Rmd.
    • Open this file in RStudio and follow the instructions there to edit the file.
  • After you are done, now stage (add) the file:
    • The -A at the end is to stage all local changes.
    • If you only want to stage a particular file, use git add <filename>.
git add -A
  • Now, commit the change:
git commit -m "your message"
  • Push the change to the remote repo (on GitHub):
git push origin master
  • Go back to to check if the your remote repo is updated!

Git & RStudio

  • Next, we will use RStudio to connet with GitHub.
    • Don’t worry! This is much easier than using the command line (but also more prone to errors).
  • Another assignment has been created for us to do this.

Clone the new GitHub repository to your computer via RStudio

  • In RStudio, start a new Project:
    • File > New Project > Version Control > Git.
    • In “Repository URL”, paste the URL of your new GitHub repository.
    • Accept the default project directory name, which coincides with the GitHub repo name.
    • Take charge of – or at least notice! – where the Project will be saved locally.
    • I suggest you check “Open in new session”, as that’s what you’ll usually do in real life.
    • Click “Create Project”.
  • Now, look at the bottom corner screen of your RStudio window, look for “Files” tab.
    • All the files inside your Git repo are now shown there.

Make changes, stage, commit and push changes via RStudio

  • Follow the instruction inside rstudio-test.Rmd to make changes to the file.
  • Now, from RStudio:
    • Click the “Git” tab in upper right pane.
    • Check “Staged” box for
    • If you’re not already in the Git pop-up, click “Commit”.
    • Type a message in “Commit message”, such as “Commit from RStudio”.
    • Click “Commit”.
  • Go back to to check if the your remote repo is updated!