Creating a personal git tree
Get permission to host the tree
These instructions assume that you wish to create a new personal git tree for a project named PROJ hosted in an account named USER on our hosting server, http://dev.laptop.org. See project_hosting for a directions on applying for an account. Shell access to dev.laptop.org is generally not granted without specific needs. Usually, a git tree will be created for you as part of the application for hosting a project.
The instructions below assume that you are currently logged into dev.laptop.org, using something like:
Git-web expects to find bare repositories (i.e. repos with no working directory). What you probably want to do is create the bare repository in the public_git dir, and then clone that repository to a working dir somewhere else.
Option 1: Clone an existing repo
If your tree is going to be a clone of an existing repository, the easiest thing to do is this:
cd ~/public_git git clone --bare <REPOSITORY_PATH>
If you are cloning another repository on dev.laptop.org, the repository path can be local, e.g. /git/sugar-tookit.
Option 2: Initialize an empty repo
To make a new bare, empty repository:
mkdir -p ~/public_git/PROJ cd ~/public_git/PROJ git --bare init
Eventually you'll want to fill in the repository. You can either push commits into the new repo, for example by running:
cd LOCAL_PROJ_DIR git init git add * git commit -a -m 'Initial commit.' git push --all git+ssh://USER@dev.laptop.org/~/public_git/PROJ
or you can pull commits into the repo, by running:
cd ~/public_git/PROJ git --git-dir=. fetch <repo-url>
Edit the repository description: Fill in something meaningful for gitweb by putting a line in ~/public_git/PROJ/description.