If you've never used git, first note that you do not need to use a server 
to move from your way of attaching dates to filenames to something more 
robust. Simply use git locally on your laptop.

If you absolutely need a server that is away from your laptop, consider 
using a free service such as bitbucket or github (or others); it will let 
you concentrate on learning git without having to learn how to set up a 

You can always migrate to your home server once you have sufficient 
experience in using git.

Bitbucket allows any team of five or less people to have free private 
repositories; at Github I think private repositories are pay-only (except 
in some academic circumstances; perhaps they apply to you, given that you 
use LaTeX).

On Tuesday, 29 December 2015 12:14:46 UTC+1, Timothy Murphy wrote:
> I've never used git,
> and I want to install it on my CentOS home server,
> to use with a personal project in LaTeX.
> Up to now I have simply kept versions of the project
> as project-20151213.tex and so on.
> My intention (or hope) is that I will be able to access the project
> on my Fedora laptop, edit it there and save the new version on the server.
> I've looked briefly at a few online tutorials,
> but have not found anything very helpful.
> I don't want to use some other related program git-*
> unless that is really necessary.
> Here are a couple of questions that I have:
> Is there any standard or semi-standard location for git on a server?
> Am I right in thinking I have a base directory .../git/
> and a subdirectory of this for each project?
> I take it I can then clone the project to anywhere I choose
> on my laptop-client?

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