Cloning a local Git repository from a remote machine

Cloning a local Git repository from a remote machine

If you happen to have a Git repository cloned a machine (let’s say machine@work) and you want to retrieve it on another machine (let’s say machine@home),
you have a better (as in faster and more efficient) option than scp or rsync : git clone.

Git clone of a local repository over SSH

Obviously, you could clone from the same remote repository (let’s say Remote) as machine@work, but you may have local branches on machine@work that you specificall want to work on.
Pushing local branche from machine@work to Remote is an option but it could polute other developers clones and/or you may not have access to Remote from machine@home.

Let’s say the clone on machine @work is in directory ~/DEV/myclone, here are the commands to use :

git clone

And that’s it !

Please note :

  • you might be prompted to enter a password to connect over ssh (unless you have a ssh-agent with a loaded key for machine@work)
  • you can specify the path where to clone the repository by adding a third argument like any other clone command
    • git clone local_clone_name
  • I used the “scp style” syntaxe of the git clone argument
    • the ssh style syntax would be ssh://

Changing remote from machine to the true remote

After cloning from machine @work, you might notice that the remote of the clone of machine @home is machine @work.

To fix that in the event you would happen to access to remote from home and that you would like to push to remote directly :

cd ~/STUFF_FROM_WORK/myclone
git remote set origin