How to install and configure Git for writers

As a writer, I have many documents that need to:

The way that I have solved this problem (which is one way among many) is by running my own Git server on a cloud based Virtual Private Server (VPS).

This is super easy to do using Linux, and these are the steps to facilitate it:

Note: Substitute the following placeholders with your individual values:

1. Secure your VPS using SSH

Please follow this guide to configure SSH on your VPS

2. Install Git

sudo apt-get install git

3. Create a repository on the server

git init --bare repository-name.git

4. Git usage

Clone the repository on the local machine

git clone ssh://

Make changes to your files..

This is done by using your favourite text editor or word processor. This is my minimal writing environment using Vim.

Then stage all of your changes

git add .

Commit your changes

git commit -m "Enter a descriptive message here about the changes you have made."

Push your changes from your local machine to the remote server

git push origin master

5. Reviewing your changes using git diff

Git diff traditionally compares files line by line. This is fine for programmers comparing source code files, but line-by-line comparison isn’t as useful to a writer as a word-by-word comparison.

This is the line-by-line result of running the standard git diff command:

And this is the word-by-word result by running git diff --word-diff=color


Posted on Mar 30, 2017 in Articles & How To | Tags: LinuxDebianGitWritingSource Control