syntax error in git instructions?

• Apr 2, 2014 - 01:25
  • I think there is a syntax error on the workflow page. The command given to initially clone the forked repo is git clone but this did not work for me. I will state up front that I am new to git.

    I finally figured out the correct command by reading a bit further down, where I noticed the syntax of cloning the musescore repo itself (not my fork), and from that, determined that this is what would clone my fork: git clone git://

    If both are correct, then I'm not sure why the first way did not work for me.

  • Also, I think it would be very helpful if the summary steps were themselves links to the
    longer description for each step.


The first method requires ssh to be setup, like mentioned in the description.
The second method works too, unless you are behind a firewall, but doesn't allow upload, just download, as it doesn't do any authorization. There is a third method, via https.

I updated the instructions to explain a bit more why you should need the URL and why it should work (Hint: you need to setup your github account with an SSH key) If you use the git:// URL you will not be able to push on your fork. You can also use a https URL if you want.

For MuseScore repo itself, you can use git:// URL since you will not push on it.

In reply to by Jojo-Schmitz

Quite right, I did misunderstand -- both the instructions in the workflow and the comment from lasconic above.

So, now that I understand the difference between the two types of URL, I went back and read the instructions on the workflow page again. I can see that this is what they mean.

However, I personally think that they are still confusing to someone who doesn't know this ahead of time. This is true, in part, because the instructions are like a cookbook. I was stepping through the recipe, performing each command in order. I did not read ahead before performing the clone step. And even when I did read ahead, after hitting the error, I didn't see the connection between the ssh comment and my error.

I would suggest that you add a section specifically explaining the two URL types, and make sure this section is before the instructions for using either of the URL types. That, I think, will make things much clearer.

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