Eclipse + EGit: clone project into workspace

I’m a little confused about how EGit workes.

I have an existing git repository on Github and want to clone it into my workspace.
My goal is to have the local repository directly stored inside my workspace-folder but I don’t get it working with EGit.

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  • When I want to clone the github repo with EGit, I have to choose a directory as destination. The suggested directory is in my homedir (not in my workspace). When I choose this directory I can see the project in Eclipse but it is not stored in my workspace-folder. Instead it is stored in my home dir.

    When I choose a directory directly inside my workspace, later when it comes to import the project it says that there is already a directory with this name.

    I don’t know how to solve this. I thought this would be a common scenario. In the past I have used hgEclipse (Mercurial) and it was working exactly the way I thought it should be so I’m confused EGit doesn’t. Maybe I misunderstood something.

    Probably this is important to know: In the github repository there are no .project or .settings files from eclipse. I have them on my .gitignore and so in the import-dialog I have to choose “Import as General Project” and not “Import Existing Projects”. But I think this shouldn’t matter?

    I hope someone can help me or explain me why the EGit plugin doesn’t clone the repository directly into the workspace by default.

    My Eclipseversion is 3.6, I have installed EGit over the markedplace.

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    As mentioned in this EGit tutorial, the destination directory you mention when importing (cloning) a Git repo is any directory you want, in which the .git will be created:

    Import Git Repository

    You don’t have to select the workspace itself (at least, you should select the workspace/myproject subdirectory, in order to not make the all Eclipse workspace a Git repo.

    And you can select any other directory outside the workspace: the Eclipse workspace should only contain meta-data about Eclipse projects and settings.
    When declaring a new project, you will be able to select the project directory, making that directory the parent for .classpath and .project.
    Your workspace will list that new project, even though it lives outside the workspace.

    To import a project from GitHub you should use the Import Git Repository as New Project dialogue (right click -> Import -> Git -> Git Repository as New Project). This way you can select the destination of the clone repository, including the Workspace.

    Nope. There’s no way to get this to work. You can’t use egit to checkout a git project into the workspace and if you check it out elsewhere and try to copy it into the workspace, you will lose your connection to the remote repository. If you want VCS that works, use svn or mercurial.

    If you want to edit the sources in the IDE and also want the changes to be reflected in the Git repository, delete the original source file in the project and link the source file in the git repo to the project. That way, you can directly make changes to the git repo and you can commit them when needed. Be careful not to delete the files when deleting the project in the IDE though.

    In the “Configure Local Storage Location” dialog,
    choose …/workspace/projectname.

    Then in the next dialog,
    we get the wizard selection menu. Normally you should select “Import existing project”.
    (But see below).

    Finally, there is the “Import Projects” dialog.
    For various unexplained reasons, sometimes this dialog is empty and won’t
    let you finish. In that case, you need to cancel, and then outside of Eclipse completely delete the working directory that was cloned into, and then start again.

    But if there is the project there, press finish. If it complains about the project already existing, go back to the wizard menu and change it to use a wizard. Select a Java wizard and then finish. Often this will work, but only if you first got the “Import Projects” menu to recognize the project in the first place.

    It may take several attempts to get this to work! But once it is set up, it works fine.

    So, in summary: is is possible to get EGit to use the default project location for the git clone, but in my experience it may inexplicably require several attempts.

    Steps to have git project in workspace (with egit):

    1. On GIT perspective choose “Clone a Git Repository and add it to this view”
    2. As a destination choose folder inside a workspace (for example “…/workspace/myproject”)
    3. Wait until cloned
    4. File -> New -> Project
    5. General -> project
    6. As a project name type name of a folder in workspace where project has been cloned (for example “myproject”)
    Git Baby is a git and github fan, let's start git clone.