Selfhosting your git repositories is not a bad idea. In fact it is a great idea and it’s pretty simple too.
First you make a new directory on an accessible machine which by convention ends on .git. Something like /allmycode/repo1.git
Move into the directory and execute
git init --bare --share
Great, we got ourselves a shareable git repository. If you dont’ want ro be the only one to be working on that repository and have no intention of making it public either you should create a user specific for git operations on the machine you serve your repositories from.
Let’s assume your specialized user is called “git”
You can now add ssh-public-keys from all parties that should have access on the repos via copy-ssh-id to /home/git/.ssh/id_rsa.pub and have a nice passwordless access-control.
Now we can start to work on the remote repository.
In you local working directory we
and provide the user information that is used in the commit message
git config --global user.name "Your Name" git config --gloabl user.email firstname.lastname@example.org
This was all local, so let’s add the information about remote
git remote add origin git@server:/allmycode/repo1.git
this enables us to make a push to remote with the shorter
git push origin master
It is completely viable to add differently labeled remote repositories e.g.
git remote add github sth@github
and push a specialised branch (without passwords for example) there via
git push github public
Nice, self-hosted remote repositories! You can start collaborating. And when you do you, you might want to automate transferring the newest version to a testing server. You could do this with a cronjob and some copying, or, you could use git’s very own hooks, to be specific a post-push hook.
Connect to the remote repository and enter the directory hooks/. Here you find some nice samples, but we want something different. We want a post-receive hook, which means everytime somebody pushes changes to
the remote repository this action is called. So we create that hook:
then we paste in
#!/bin/sh GIT_WORK_TREE=/path/to/serverroot/ git checkout -f
and save. Make it executable and you made a git hook. Congrats!
Since we have a user named git who is the owner of all the repos on our remote machine we must add him to the group that controls the webserver paths (www-data or else) Full instructions to make the checkout work.
Now every push to the remote repository should trigger a checkout which hopefully makes the newest version available on the webserver.
But let’s tweak things a little. Say we want to be notified whenever a commit has been pushed. Email and telephone are viable but timeconsuming and you don’t want to, and frankly should not have to, bother. I think Jabber is a great way of getting the information across without spamming the whole team. So I made a little script to send a message to everybody who cares to give me his jabber-id. You can get it here via
If you add to the post-receive hook
python /<path-to-repo>/pushbot.py "Something has been pushed."
not only will your testing/demo/development server automatically have been updated, but all listed members of the working group will be informed about it on Jabber.