"Starting a code Base on Github" lesson, part 6 - issue with Visual Studio code

Hi everyone! I’m sure this is a silly question but I’m just at the beginning… I’m following the full stack engineer path, currently on lesson 6. This is the video I’m stuck at: https://www.codecademy.com/paths/full-stack-engineer-career-path/tracks/fscp-git-and-github-part-i/modules/fecp-introduction-to-github/videos/starting-a-code-base-on-github
When copying and pasting on Visual Studio Code from GitHub, it doesn’t create the README project and generally speaking my VSC doesn’t look like the one in the video - the termin is blank, it doesn’t have my name or anything. Did I miss a passage?
I’m such a rookie but I’m genuinely lost. Please help me? :slight_smile:

Does it have any kind of prompt? Can you actually type and run commands in it? Let’s say echo ‘test’ for a start? The custom prompt is unimportant but you not be able to follow lessons if you’re using the wrong terminal.

I suppose the important bit is can you run git commands?

In the video (I assume you’re talking about something near 3:30) then the prompt is just the default (I think it’s default) from using the git for windows terminal. Are you on windows and if so did you ever install git for windows? I think there’s a CC guide for it but I cannot remember where, a web search may help.

Edit: Found this one- https://www.codecademy.com/articles/git-setup
It does at least cover getting a working shell with git (the bit about github may be repeating the video).

If it’s installed then it could be that vscode is using a different terminal by default. On the line: ‘PROBLEMS OUTPUT DEBUG CONSOLE TERMINAL’ the small drop-down menu (on the right) containing 1: bash on the video can be clicked and at the bottom you can change the default shell. If you have no bash emulating shells (with git) then it won’t be listed and you may want to install one in order to follow the guidance.

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Hi - thank you for your very prompt help! :slight_smile: really appreciate it. So, I have a mac and I have installed git in the terminal as per instructions. So I think this (quoted above) is likely to be the real problem. I’m not sure what’s the shell? Right now bash is selected but I have this message on the terminal:
The default interactive shell is now zsh.
To update your account to use zsh, please run chsh -s /bin/zsh.
For more details, please visit https://support.apple.com/kb/HT208050.

And the terminal doesn’t run any command or anything if I add any prompt. Even if I update the account and change the dropdown menu tu zsh the situation doesn’t change. So I guess I have to install something in VScode?

thank youuuu

The default for mac osx is zsh these days (or z-shell). It’s close enough to bash that you’d probably not notice the difference at first.

I think your best choice is to check the guidance from VS code themselves about setting up on MacOS- https://code.visualstudio.com/docs/setup/mac