Xcode Bug Creating Bitbucket Repositories

March 10th, 2019

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Xcode 10 has bug/limitation in creating Bitbucket repositories for your projects. If the name of the repository has uppercase letters, such as MyProject, an alert pops up when you create the repository with the helpful message An unknown error occurred. The workaround is to use all lowercase letters in the repository name, such as myproject.


Xcode 10: Create Global Git Ignore File

January 7th, 2019

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Xcode 10 lets you create a global .gitignore file so you don’t have to create a .gitignore file for each project you create. Go to Xcode’s Source Control Preferences and click the Git button in the preferences window. You most likely have an empty list of ignored files. Click the Add button to add files […]


Xcode 10: Subversion Support Removed

December 9th, 2018

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Xcode 10 removes support for Subversion. If you want to continue to use Subversion with Xcode, stick with Xcode 9. Alternatively, you can switch to git or use another tool for Subversion.


Xcode 10: See Changed Code in Editor

September 27th, 2018

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If your Xcode project is under version control, Xcode’s editor highlights the changes you make to the code. When you add or change code, Xcode places a blue bar on the left edge of the editor. Clicking the blue bar opens a popover to discard the change. For some reason you can’t commit changes from […]


Xcode 10: Improved Bitbucket and GitLab support

September 20th, 2018

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Xcode 10 improves version control support for Bitbucket and GitLab. You can add your Bitbucket and GitLab accounts to Xcode from Xcode’s Accounts preferences. Click the Add button to add an account. A sheet opens. Choose Bitbucket Cloud to add your Bitbucket account. Choose GitLab.com to add your GitLab account. Starting in Xcode 10 you […]


Version Control Book Released

April 17th, 2018

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I released my latest book, Version Control for iOS and Mac Developers. It’s a free download. Go to the book’s website to download it.


Git Detached Head

March 27th, 2018

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I’ve recently seen multiple questions online from people having problems committing to git because the git repository had a detached head. This article answers the most common questions about detached heads. What Is a Detached Head? A detached head in a git repository occurs when the repository has no current branch. Why Is a Detached […]


Going Back to a Previous Git Commit in Xcode

March 12th, 2018

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Something that can happen to you when using version control is you commit a change to the version control repository, realize you made a mistake, and want to go back to an earlier commit. How do you do this in Xcode? Xcode provides no direct way to go back to an earlier commit. What you […]


Ignoring Files That Are Already in a Git Repository

March 5th, 2018

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In a previous post, I showed how to tell git to ignore files in Xcode projects. But what do you do if you want to ignore a file that git is currently tracking? Remove the file from the git repository. Add the file you want to ignore to the git ignore file. If you don’t […]


Telling Git to Ignore Files in Xcode Projects

February 28th, 2018

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When you create a project in Xcode and create a git repository, git initially tracks every file in the project, but this behavior isn’t what you want. Xcode projects contain a lot of files. Some of these files shouldn’t be tracked by git because they change every time you build your project. Having files you […]