Starting your Yii Project Reference Guide (with Git VCS in Linux)

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I've found useful to have a step by step reference guide to work with Git with most used commands, feel free to update it with useful information you may find interesting too.

If you don't have Yii yet

$ git clone

start your project (being at root folder)

$ yii/framework/yiic webapp myproject
$ cd myproject

initialize git

$ git init

make git add empty directories to the repository

for i in $(find . -type d -regex ``./[^.].*'' -empty); do touch $i"/.gitignore"; done;

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Adding a yii extension repository inside your repo at a specific path (e.g. we will add in 'protected/extensions/lightopenid')

git submodule add protected/extensions/lightopenid

This creates the file .gitmodules in your root folder which tracks all your modules data.

if for some reason (older git versions, cloning from another location) you end up with an empty directory where a foreign repository should be:

git submodule update --init

should fix it. Then you can update your repository and external ones with:

git pull && git submodule update --recursive

Edit .gitignore file in root folder and add dirs/files you don't want to be in git repo Use ! to negate the pattern:


Make your first commit

git commit -a "Initial version"

Now you are ready to go!

Keep in mind some database design best practices

Use migration for tracking database changes

$yii/framework/yiic migrate create myNewTable

Update database with new migrations after updating your repo

$yii/framework/yiic migrate

Don't forget to secure your app

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