Github and some help starting out (Linux)

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In summary, you added a folder called "cpp" to your repository on github, but when you checked online you didn't see the file. You think you added it successfully, but you need to check with gitstatus to be sure. You can also use VS Code's git extension to check and commit your changes.
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Hi PF!

I am trying to learn github on Linux. I made a repository online called Leetcode, and added a folder "python" there. I wanted to try adding the directory "cpp" to the repository via the command line, so I thought I did this via the add command. To check and see if it indeed uploaded, I executed git status, and sure enough the file "cpp" does not appear, which makes me think it has been successsfully added to the repo "Leetcode". However, when I check online I do not see the file "cpp". The attached image should help if I've been unclear.

What should I do to ensure these directories are appropriately uploaded? Thanks so much for your help!
Screenshot from 2022-11-15 22-23-34.png
 
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I'm definitely no expert at Github but I do use it all the time. When I want to add code to a repository, I do the following steps:

git status - Check on the state of the existing code changes (not new)
git add . - Add any new files (note the period)
git status - This will now show the files that you've added also
git commit -m "My checkin comment goes here." - Everything is prepped at this point.
git push - This actually pushes your commit to the github repo.
 
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First, we need better screenshots. If I zoom into that, everything is hazy. Preferably, one window in one screenshot. All of us don't have large monitors.

Assuming you have committed the cpp folder, have you pushed it to remote?
 
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Wrichik Basu said:
Assuming you have committed the cpp folder, have you pushed it to remote?
There is no such thing as "committing a folder", git only works with files. If you don't have anything to put in the folder for the time being create an empty file called ".gitkeep" in the folder and add and commit that.

In 2022 99% of most developers' interactions with git are through an IDE integration. Download VS Code and its git extension (I also like GitTree since similar functionality was removed from GitHub).
 

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