Getting the sources from git

  • head over to . There you'll see a long list with all the projects hosted on KDE git.
  • find the project you are interested in, and click the link, e.g. to Attica
  • on the Attica project page, go to the repository page. There you will find the clone command.
  • Execute this clone command and you'll get a copy of the sources:
   $ git clone git://

Pushing your changes

If you followed the steps above, you now have a clone of the git repository.

In order to be able to commit your changes, you need

  • tell git to push to, instead of
  • to setup a ssh key for authentication
  • tell ssh to use that key for

In the following we go through this step by step

Telling git to push to

Above, we got the sources from These are mirrors of and should for performance reasons be used for obtaining the sources. But for committing has to be used.

This is done by putting the following into ~/.gitconfig:

 [url "[email protected]:"]
     pushInsteadOf = git://

Setting up ssh keys for authentication

  • create a set of keys to use using ssh-keygen, look here for help.
  • log in to
  • go to "Profile" -> "Edit" -> "Edit public ssh keys"
  • upload the public key you just created

Tell ssh to use this key

  • put the following in your ~/.ssh/config (note that id_rsa.kde is your private key, with default name id_rsa):
   User git
   IdentityFile ~/.ssh/id_rsa.kde

Commit changes

  • set your git identity
  $ git config --global "[email protected]"
  $ git config --global "Your Name"
  • add the changed file(s):
  $ git add <filename(s)>
  • run git commit:
  $ git commit -m "commit message"
  • now you should be able to push your changes to the central git repository:
  $ git push

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