For the examples I'm going to use our profab project on github, but all of our projects work the same way.
Make sure that you have the very latest git flow installed. This will make sure that you are properly tracking the develop branch after you set up a repository.
$ cd /tmp $ wget —no-check-certificate -q -O - https://github.com/nvie/gitflow/raw/develop/contrib/gitflow-installer.sh | sudo bash $ git flow version 0.4.2-pre
I do this in /tmp as the sudo execution of the install script leaves a check out of git flow in the current folder with root file permissions.
First of all, we need to fetch the data:
$ git clone email@example.com:Proteus-tech/profab.git Cloning into profab… remote: Counting objects: 1276, done. remote: Compressing objects: 100% (478/478), done. remote: Total 1276 (delta 835), reused 1215 (delta 774) Receiving objects: 100% (1276/1276), 139.76 KiB | 71 KiB/s, done. Resolving deltas: 100% (835/835), done.
Then we need to initialize git flow. This has to be done every time a project is cloned.
$ cd profab $ git flow init -d Using default branch names. Which branch should be used for bringing forth production releases? - master Branch name for production releases: [master] Branch name for "next release" development: [develop] How to name your supporting branch prefixes? Feature branches? [feature/] Release branches? [release/] Hotfix branches? [hotfix/] Support branches? [support/] Version tag prefix? 
This will leave you on the develop branch ready to start working.
$ git branch * develop master
We track individual tasks by story card, so we'll just follow that convention for now.
$ git flow feature start card-123
This will create the correct branch for you and leave you ready to work on the card.
If during the development of this you want to get changes from the develop branch then you'll need to switch back to it, pull changes and then merge them in to your feature branch.
$ git checkout develop Switched to branch 'develop' $ git pull —rebase remote: Counting objects: 5, done. remote: Compressing objects: 100% (1/1), done. remote: Total 3 (delta 2), reused 3 (delta 2) Unpacking objects: 100% (3/3), done. From github.com:Proteus-tech/profab 9d414f0..4567ef5 develop -> origin/develop First, rewinding head to replay your work on top of it… Fast-forwarded develop to 4567ef5040386ef545d8bfe57bb74b3f6cdb8ad3. $ git checkout feature/card-123 Switched to branch 'feature/card-123' $ git rebase develop First, rewinding head to replay your work on top of it… Fast-forwarded feature/card-123 to develop.
The use of rebase is important here as it makes sure that any changes you have made are put after the changes you get from the origin. This makes merge conflicts far easier to deal with and also makes the history easier to understand as commits don't get interleaved.
In any case, when you've finished a feature you need to get your changes back in to develop.
$ git flow feature finish card-123 Switched to branch 'develop' Already up-to-date. Deleted branch feature/card-123 (was 4567ef5). Summary of actions: - The feature branch 'feature/card-123' was merged into 'develop' - Feature branch 'feature/card-123' has been removed - You are now on branch 'develop' $ git pull —rebase Current branch develop is up to date. $ git push Counting objects: 5, done. Delta compression using up to 4 threads. Compressing objects: 100% (3/3), done. Writing objects: 100% (3/3), 429 bytes, done. Total 3 (delta 2), reused 0 (delta 0) To firstname.lastname@example.org:Proteus-tech/profab.git 9d414f0..4567ef5 develop -> develop
This is pretty simple.
$ mkdir -p client/project.git $ cd !$ cd client/project.git $ git init —bare Initialized empty Git repository in /home/git/client/project.git/