There might be more clever ways to do this but this is my current setup.
(This assumes you're using a Public/Private Key pair to interface with github)
This is what I usually do to start working on a project from scratch on my machine while keeping the code on github, using Public keys so I don't need to type in my username and password every time.
- Create the Repo on github
For the sake of example, say your username is johndoe and your new repo is called my-repo
- Create an empty directory on your machine and cd to it
(Any name will do.)
$ mkdir my-directory $ cd my-directory
Init a git project on the directory
$ git init
Add a git remote pointing to your project on github
$ git remote add github firstname.lastname@example.org:johndoe/my-repo.git
Now you can push and pull code to and from github (i.e.
git push github master) without the need of providing you username and password every time.