Version Control with Git: Setup

Please see this section of the workshop template for instructions on installing Git.

First we’ll download our sample data that we will be working with in the class:

  1. Open your browser
  2. Paste in the following link and hit Enter/Return:
  3. Navigate to the downloaded zip file. Most likely, it is in your Downloads folder.
  4. Move the zip file to your Desktop (drag and drop should work).
  5. Extract the contents of the zip file. This can usually be done by right-clicking on the file and clicking the “Extract here” or “Extract all” option.
  6. Right-click on the cats-as-data-master folder and rename it to cats-as-data.

We’ll do our work in the cats-as-data folder. So please open your terminal and change your working directory to it with:

$ cd
$ cd Desktop
$ cd cats-as-data

(Depending on the terminal application you’re using, you may be able to use tab-completion to make typing faster. Try writing cd cats- and hitting the Tab key; if your terminal supports tab-completion, it will fill in the rest of the folder name. This trick works for files as well as folders and should speed up your work a lot!)

The cats-as-data folder should contain, cats-human-situations.csv,, and an images directory. Depending on how you unzipped the files, these might all be inside another folder called cats-as-data-master. If this happens to you, just cd once more into that inner folder: cd cats-as-data-master.