21 January 2012

I wanted to share development trees with some friends and of course needed a GIT server! Using GITHUB was not an option because I need a private area so I decided to create my own GIT server on EC2.

Installing the server

Install the GIT package

sudo yum install git

Create a user account to host the projects files.

sudo useradd --system --shell /bin/bash --comment 'git version control depot' --user-group git

Create the ssh key that will be used by gitosis to manage the git repository

ssh-keygen -t dsa -f ~/.ssh/git

Initialize the GIT repository

sudo -H -u git gitosis-init < git.pub
Initialized empty Git repository in /home/git/repositories/gitosis-admin.git/
Reinitialized existing Git repository in /home/git/repositories/gitosis-admin.git/

Activate gitosis post-update hook

sudo chmod u+x /home/git/repositories/gitosis-admin.git/hooks/post-update

Configuring gitosis

Gitosis configuration is done using git! So to configure gitosis, you need to checkout the gitosis-admin repository with git. There is a pitfall: git will try to connect to the repository using ssh and you need to tell ssh to use the private key we created previously.

cat<<EOT >> ~/.ssh/config
Host localhost
     IdentityFile ~/.ssh/git
     IdentitiesOnly yes

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