Using cgit

2015-08-30 Tags: cgit

This is the last post in a three part series about cgit. Previously we saw how to install and configure cgit and then we saw how to make cgit pretty. This last post has to do with actually using cgit. There are a couple of tools out there to make the process of adding, removing, and modifying git repositories within cgit much simpler but we will focus here on how to do it manually and I will leave it up to you to decide which tools works best for you. cgit does not impose any special requirements for adding, removing, or modifying repositories so the entire process is based around core git functionality. Below is a workflow that works well for me.

Creating a Git User

Creating a git user that has access to /srv/git just makes good sense. To add a new user in Debian you will need to run the following commands and follow the on screen instructions to complete this process. adduser git

Adding your public key

In order to authenticate to the server and work with git it is good to add your public key to avoid working with passwords. If you do not already have a key, go ahead and create one on your local machine. ssh-keygen -b 8192 Follow the on screen instructions, and be sure to add a password to this key! Once you have create this key, copy the public key over to your git server under the git users .ssh/authorized_keys file. scp $USER/.ssh/id_rsa.pub git@git.example.com:/home/git/.ssh/authorized_keys

Creating a new repository

Log into the git server as the git user and create a bare repository

cd /srv/git mkdir myrepo.git cd myrepo.git git init --bare

Push to the new repository

On your local computer

mkdir myrepo cd myrepo git init echo "My Awesome Repo" >> README.md git add README.md git commit -m 'initial commit' git remote add origin git@git.example.com:/srv/git/myrepo.git git push origin master

Add the new repository to cgit

Now that your repository is on your server, you can add it cgit by editing /etc/cgitrc and adding it as we did before.

repo.url = myrepo repo.path = /srv/git/myrepo.git repo.desc = My Awesome Repo repo.owner = Your Name

You are all set! Now you will see the new repo and any future changes inside of cgit as well as being able to hack away with git as you normally would.