Git: Change Master Branch to Main Branch
The racial interactions that have taken place in the United States during 2020 have prompted a number of changes to take place. Calls for police reform, better diversity training, and calling out "Karens" for their actions are just a few movements in this strive for social justice.
In the technology space, there are certain terms that are common place to describe certain things.
Some examples are
- "whitelist" - approval of a list of items, commonly used with firewall rules
- "blacklist" - denial of a list of items, commonly used with firewall rules
- "master" - primary branch in a Git repository; primary drive in a computer
- "slave" - the non-primary drive(s) in a computer
Since "master" has connections to slavery, and such term can be used in a derogatory nature, a number of technology users, including myself decided to stop using the "master" branch as the primary and change it to something more netural, such as "main". In this video, I talk about how you can do the same for your repositories.
Commands used are below the video.
Below are the commands used in the video.
git branch -m master main git status git push origin main git push -d origin master git branch -a