Hi John,

On Wednesday, January 21, 2015, John McWilliam wrote:
> 1. I am a total beginner here and am constantly seeing referals to 
> "~/FileName" This is obviously shorthand for something but what? Is it the 
> location of the Git program directory or perhaps my working tree. How can I 
> define this?

The "~" symbol is the tilde symbol. It is shorthand for your home 
directory. To get to your home directory, 
on UNIX, type "cd". This is shorthand for "change directory", and if you 
type "cd" and press return, by default 
it will put you into your home directory. You cannot define "~".

> 2. Is the use of SSH keys necessary or can this be bypassed. To date I 
> have tried unsuccessfully to generate private and public keys using Putty?

Using SSH keys can be bypassed. If you're using GitHub, for example, use 
the clone URL that start with HTTPS, 
instead of the one that start with git@github. You'll be obliged to enter 
your GitHub credentials for certain operations.

Good luck!
Rick Umali / Author: "Learn Git in a Month of Lunches" / 

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