What does "Open a browser and a terminal window from your desktop" mean and how do I do it????


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Could you give us some context?

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It probably means exactly what it says - open a browser and visit the site you're working with, while, at the same time, having a terminal window open so you can look at logs (probably - we don't know what you're doing, so we're not quite sure why you've been asked to do this)

For further context, I'm trying to use SourceTree to create/populate a Bitbucket repository with code from a local project that isn't yet under source control.

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I'm not sure there's a lot more we can tell you - you need a terminal session to follow those instructions, so you'll need to open one.  If you're on windows, try start -> cmd


I suppose I was thrown off by the $ prompt thinking it was a git command processor or something. Are those instructions for linux? Windows cmd says Git is an unknown command.

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The $ usually means a bash prompt, although other shells use it as the prompt too.  Bash is a default shell on  lot of Linux and Unix systems (the Mac uses it as well, and Atlassian are heavy Mac users, so that's probably where it came from).  For Windows, just imagine it's your cmd prompt

Git as an unknown command means that either it's not installed, or it is not installed in the path.  From memory (as I don't have a windows box to hand), try 

echo $PATH

It needs to include whereever you've installed git (although I thought installers included an amendment to the environment in it).  You should be able to put it in the path in the environment settings.

Thanks for the explanation Nic. That clears up a lot.

If you're using SourceTree, you can launch the Terminal by hitting the Terminal button in SourceTree. This will launch a command window in the appropriate context to run git commands.

When you install Sourcetree in Windows it also installs a unix-like terminal app that will let you run the linux version of git instructions on windows. Click the "Teriminal" button in the toolbar of the Sourcetree window.

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