Git: Pushing to other fork


You clone someone else fork and wants to push in your fork

I created a fork (let’s call it myrepo) of another repository (let’s call it orirepo) on GitHub. Later, I cloned orirepo.

git clone

I modified about 20 files, then I staged my change and made a commit

git add
git commit

However, when I tried to push

git push

I got this error:

remote: Permission to original/orirepo.git denied to mylogin.
fatal: unable to access '': The requested URL returned error: 403



By default, when you clone a repository


  • the local config of the resulting clone lists only one remote called origin, which is associated with the URL of the repository you cloned;
  • the local master branch in your clone is set to track origin/master.

Therefore, if you don’t modify the config of your clone, Git interprets

git push


git push origin master:origin/master

In other words, git push attempts to push your local master branch to the master branch that resides on the remote repository (known by your clone as origin). However, you’re not allowed to do that, because you don’t have write access to that remote repository.

You need to

  1. either redefine the origin remote to be associated with your fork, by running
    git remote set-url origin
  2. or, if you want to preserve the original definition of the origin remote, define a new remote (called myrepo, here) that is associated to your fork:
    git remote add myrepo

    Then you should be able to push your local master branch to your fork by running

    git push myrepo master

    And if you want to tell Git that git push should push to myrepo instead of origin from now on, you should run

    git push -u myrepo master




Git: Combining the commits

To squash the last 3 commits into one:

git reset --soft HEAD~3
git commit -m "New message for the combined commit"

Pushing the squashed commit

If the commits have been pushed to the remote:

git push origin +name-of-branch

The plus sign forces the remote branch to accept your rewritten history, otherwise you will end up with divergent branches

If the commits have NOT yet been pushed to the remote:

git push origin name-of-branch

GIT : Generate git Ignore file using online tool ->

Hi Friends,

When we create project using IDE like eclipse, web storm, intellij, a lot of additional files shows up other then required code base. Best practice is to add “.gitignore” file, mention the pattern of (non required) files and commit it. That way git will ignore those file and will not track any changes for those file.

To generate the pattern, you can take help of below online tool, this will give you .gitignore file which can be added and used.

GitHub : How to Sync from Forked repoit

Hi Friends,

Fork is not a git concept, its a github concept (github is a git repository host / provider). Fork mean a your personalized copy of base repository in the github account/host. The work flow is

  1. Create a Fork (copy of base repo)
  2. Clone the Forked (your personalized) repo to local box
  3. Commit changes in local and push to origin.
  4. Sync local from Fork upstream
  5. Create Pull request.



Here is the hands on exercise and explanation on youtube

Usually in git there is only origin and local, in git hub as we have origin and upstream, we can sync by follow below commands.

premaseem$ git remote -v 

premaseem$ git remote add upstream

premaseem$ git remote -v 

premaseem$git fetch upstream

premaseem$ git merge upstream/master

premaseem$ git push origin master


Git : Making the main branch identical to other branch

Problem : Some how your main branch got polluted (few bad commits) and you want to fix it ?

Solution : You can create a single commit that will make the current branch identical in contents (and implicitly in sync) with another branch.

Explanation : Roll back your branch to the commit you feel it was working fine and create/spun another branch off from there. Now cherry pick can be done for few good commits and new branch can be tested. Once that is fine, follow below commands which will eventually create a big merge commit to make your main (polluted branch) identical to fixed branch. The merge commit will remove all un-necessary files.

$ git reset --hard <another branch>
$ git reset --soft HEAD@{1}
$ git commit

Note : Please make sure that default rebase option is configured to false
command : git config –edit

The first (hard) reset grabs the contents of the other branch into your working directory. The second (soft) reset puts your commit pointer back at the tip of your original branch, but doesn’t change the files in your index at all, thus leaving them as they were in the other branch. You can then commit that state on top of your current branch’s latest commit.