Created: 2008-08-23 17:00
Updated: 2018-01-16 10:55


Thor tasks

Getting started: install Thor if you haven't.

gem install wycats-thor

You can install these tasks directly from the web:

thor install

If you want to inspect and try out the tasks without installing, you should clone the repo:

git clone git://
cd thor-tasks
thor list

That command will get you a list of tasks together with their usage information. So, if you like them:

thor install github.thor --as GitHub

Later you'll wish to update:

git pull
thor update GitHub

On update, Thor will try to fetch the tasks from the same source you specified during install.

That's it. And now for a bit of fun.

GitHub tasks

Imagine the most common GitHub scenario: somebody forked your project, and now you want to pull changes from it. This is where the track task comes in:

github:track mislav

A remote add, fetch and tracking branch creation happens behind the scenes:

git remote add mislav git://
git fetch --no-tags mislav master:refs/remotes/mislav/master
git branch mislav --track mislav/master

Saved us a lot of typing, didn't it? The create task is even better:

github:create new-repo

This asks you for your GitHub login, sends out a HTTP request to create a new repository and creates this setup:

git remote add origin
git push origin master
git config branch.master.remote origin
git config branch.master.merge refs/heads/master

Uploading your project to GitHub has never been quicker!

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