You might want/need to check out repos locally as several different Github users. For example, my Github account is kevinburke, but I push code at work as kevinburkeshyp. If I could only commit/push as one of those users on each machine, or I had to manually specify the SSH key to use, it would be a big hassle!
Generate some SSH keys
First generate SSH keys for each account, and then upload the public keys to the right Github accounts.
ssh-keygen -o -a 100 -t ed25519 -f "$HOME/.ssh/kevinburke_rsa" ssh-keygen -o -a 100 -t ed25519 -f "$HOME/.ssh/kevinburkeshyp_rsa"
Set up SSH host aliasing
You're going to use your standard SSH config for the host you use more often, and an alias for the one you use less often. Here's my SSH configuration for the host I use more often - on my work laptop, it's my work account.
Host github.com IdentityFile ~/.ssh/kevinburkeshyp_rsa HostName github.com User kevinburkeshyp
Now, set up an alias for your second account.
Host github.com-kevinburke IdentityFile ~/.ssh/kevinburke_rsa HostName github.com User kevinburke
The Host is set to
github.com-kevinburke - this is what you write into your
SSH config locally. The
HostName is what's used for DNS resolution, which is
how this still works. Note you'll want to switch the
IdentityFile and the
User with the key and usernames you set when you generated the keys.
Now if you want to clone something into the second account, use the special host alias:
git clone [email protected]:kevinburke/hamms.git
That's it! It should just work.
Which Commit Name/Email Address?
Most people configure their commit email address using the following command:
$ git config --global user.email [email protected]
This sets your email address in
$HOME/.gitconfig and applies that value to
every repository/commit on your system. Obviously this is a problem if you have
two different email addresses! I want to use
[email protected] with my Shyp
[email protected] with my personal account.
I fix this by putting an empty email in the global
[user] name = Kevin Burke email = ""
When I try a commit in a new repository, Git shows the following message:
*** Please tell me who you are. Run git config --global user.email "[email protected]" git config --global user.name "Your Name" to set your account's default identity. Omit --global to set the identity only in this repository. fatal: unable to auto-detect email address (got '[email protected](none)')
Which is good! It prevents me from committing until I've configured my email address. I then have helpers set up to easily configure this.
alias setinburkeemail="git config user.email '[email protected]'"
That's it! What tips do you use for managing two different Github accounts?
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