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Tuesday, May 7, 2019

Git password expired. How to reset git authentication?

Sometimes, when you try to git clone the git repository or do any push or pull, it says:
remote: HTTP Basic: Access denied  fatal: Authentication failed for "~~yourRepositoryName"

The simplest reason is that your password is expired and/or changed externally. And, you need to change it for git to understand.

So, the question comes that How can you re-access your git repository or simpley put - How will you reset the password credentials.

Solution: Cheers, its simple.

git config --system --unset credential.helper

This will start resetting your credential manager stored wrong authentication password. Will ask for new password.
And, that's it. Enjoy.

Tuesday, January 22, 2019

How to undo a Git commit that was not pushed

To undo a Git commit that was not pushed, you are given a few major options:

Method 1:
Undo the commit but keep all changes staged
git reset --soft HEAD~; 

Method 2:
Undo the commit and unstage the changes
git reset HEAD~; 
or 1 git reset --mixed HEAD~; 

Method 3:
Undo the commit and lose all changes
git reset --hard HEAD~;

Method 4:
In case you just want to rewrite the commit message, you could use:
git –amend instead.

I will add following more helpful commands to check commit history, go back to a commit, and remove commits etc:
  1. git log
  2. git log --oneline to simplify the output:
  3. To test a specific commit: git checkout . You will be in 'detached HEAD' state. You can look around, make experimental changes and commit them, even create a new branch from here using git checkout -b new_branch_name
  4. To fix the detached head issue: git checkout
  5. Undo this commit: git revert . This will create another commit operation in github

Free Additional Tip:
To Undo a git add i.e. remove files staged for a git commit
1. git reset filename.txt OR
2. git reset *
After this you can add again the required files

Cheers :)
-Anwar Jamal Faiz

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Saturday, January 12, 2019

Stylesheet Types : CSS, SaSS, SCSS - What do they mean

Ever wondered what is the difference between SCSS and Sass. More importantly, how are they different from CSS.

To start with let me point out that Sass is a language or a pre-processor that makes CSS more powerful with variable and math support. It provides syntax advancements. Style sheets in the advanced syntax are processed by the program, and turned into regular CSS style sheets. However, they do not extend the CSS standard itself. You can do operations like additions and introduce variables in CSS using Sass.

The SCSS is also called Sassy CSS. This is an extension of the syntax of CSS. This means that every valid CSS stylesheet is a valid SCSS file. Files using this syntax have the .scss extension.

The Saas format described earlier is also known as the indented syntax. It provides a more concise way of writing CSS. It uses indentation rather than brackets to indicate nesting of selectors, and newlines rather than semicolons to separate properties. Files using this syntax have the .sass extension. However, as already told that all this works only with the Sass pre-compiler. In the end what is created is simple CSS. It is not an extension to the CSS standard itself.

The Sass .sass file is visually different from .scss file, e.g.

Example.sass - sass is the older syntax

$color: red

  border: 1px solid $color

  background: $color

Example.scss - sassy css is the new syntax as of Sass 3

$color: red;

@mixin my-border($color) {
  border: 1px solid $color;

body {
  background: $color;
  @include my-border(green);
Any valid CSS document can be converted to Sassy CSS (SCSS) simply by changing the extension from .css to .scss.

Thursday, January 3, 2019

Packing and unpacking tar/gzip files on Windows

A few years ago I wrote a similar blog for Linux. Refer However, the question is again very relevant if your OS is Windows and its family. Hence this post.

Method 1: Using compression utility

First you compress it to tar with 7-zip and then to gzip with 7-zip.
You u can do using their UI or command line support provided by them.

Following is the example if you want to use 7z tool or its dll:

  • Create .tar.gz: 7z a -ttar -so dwt.tar dwt/ | 7z a -si dwt.tar.gz
  • Extract .tar.gz: 7z x dwt.tar.gz -so | 7z x -si -ttar

Method 2: Using bash shell on Windows like UnixUtils or any other Bash of Ubutu etc on Windows.

If installed, make a directory and proceed as follows:
cd /mnt/c/[path to folder to archive]
tar -pczf archive.tar.gz *
In fact, if you notice this approach is similar to my earlier blog for Windows.

Method 3: Write your own subroutine/function to generate a Zip file.

Yeah! you can do it. Thousands of companies do it. And you can find open source solutions as well. Because these formats are in any case open source! Pretty easy :)

Method 4: Extending method 1 more, you can use Gzip for Windows - GnuWin32. This utility has command line version as fell. Refer

Thursday, December 27, 2018

Assign different machine/ build agent in Teamcity - CICD server

Log on to the machine that you want to make as a build agent. Access your teamcity site (http://teamcity) through a browser from the target build agent machine eg windows server, and download the installer.
Also, do note that there are limitations on the number of agents you can have under you license so you may need to purchase an additional one, but I suspect in this case you'll be okay - TeamCity Licensing
The final step will be to run the build scripts using the build agents. For this detailed can be read on This page also talks about pre-requisites and the installtion on build agents. However, for the sake of clarity, I have added those details in a simple manner as following:

Steps to install a build agent for Teamcity:
  1. Open the administration section and click on Install Build Agents. From here download the agentinstaller.exe
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2.Start the installer and ensure you are installing a windows service
3. Enter your destination directory for the build agent - This is where the working directory and configuration will reside, and click next to perform the installation
4. Give details of you TeamCity server so the agent can communicate back to the server. Run the agent under the SYSTEM account for now, unless you have a dedicated network account (recommended) and start the build agent service. You will now need to enable the agent inside of the TeamCity UI (this may take a few minutes to appear). It might appear as unauthorized and you'll have to wait for it to upgrade and reconnect.
5. Once this has happened, you can authorize the agent by clicking the Authorize agent button. A dialog will popup where you can enter some notes if required.
From the Agent summary, you can note and crosscheck the IP of the machine and links to be used to refer later. TeamCity build agents can be started manually or configured to start automatically.

To start the agent manually, run the following script:
  • for Windows: \bin\agent.bat start
  • for Linux and macOS: \bin\ start

Refer: TeamCity Documentation - Installing via MS Windows Installer
Cheers :)