Gitosis-ng: Simple, Self-service Git Repositories
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Gitosis-ng — it’s gitosis with some new features to help users work with the git server. Mainly implemented with commands sent via ssh, ex:
list available commands:
$ ssh firstname.lastname@example.org help add-repo : Create new repository. Usage: 'add-repo repo_name' help : Get list of available commands list : Get detailed list of git repositories list-json : Get detailed list of repositories in JSON format list-short : Get simple list of git repositories list-yaml : Get detailed list of repositories in YAML format
List available repos:
$ ssh email@example.com list Repository : myproject.git Initialized: no Your Access: read/write Owner : jmiller URL : Description: Repository : otherproject.git Initialized: no Your Access: readonly Owner : bsmith URL : Description:
Create new repo:
$ ssh firstname.lastname@example.org add-repo myproject Created repository: myproject Next Steps: mkdir myproject cd myproject git init touch README git add README git commit -a -m 'first commit' git remote add origin git@GIT_SERVER_ADDRESS:myproject.git git push origin master Existing Git repo? cd myproject git remote add origin git@GIT_SERVER_ADDRESS:myproject.git git push origin master
The next best thing I could find was gitosis which is very simple and straightforward.
However, gitosis lacked the user-friendly features I liked about github/gitorious. For example, how about a real simple way to list repos?
So, I decided to add “self-service” features to gitosis and call it
gitosis-ng. I want my users to be able to do all of these tasks on
- List available repos
- Create new repos
- Give permissions to other users on repos they control
- Set metadata on repos (eg: URL, owner contact info, description)
So far I have implemented the first 2 features in this list and will be working on the remaining features as time permits.
Eventually I would love to find a way to allow users to self-register with gitosis-ng, but this could be challenging since gitosis-ng works entirely over SSH and relies on users having an SSH key registered with the server before they can execute commands.
gitosis-ng is available on github: http://github.com/joemiller/gitosis-ng
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