From ArchWiki
Revision as of 19:17, 20 July 2012 by Tbhartman (talk | contribs) (Add users: Corrected dead link for gitolite.conf documentation)
Jump to: navigation, search

Gitolite allows you to host Git repositories easily and securely.


gitolite-gitAUR is available in the Arch User Repository.

It is also available on github, where you can find the last update.


Add a user

# useradd -m -U -r -s /bin/bash -d /srv/git git
# su - git
$ gitolite setup -pk

Add to your work-machine's ~/.ssh/config:

Host server
User git
### IdentityFile specifies the private ssh-key
IdentityFile ~/.ssh/id_rsa

Do NOT add repos or users directly on the server! You MUST manage the server by cloning the special 'gitolite-admin' repo on your workstation:

$ git clone server:gitolite-admin

Add users

Ask each user who will get access to send you a public key. On their workstation generate the pair of ssh keys:

$ ssh-keygen

Rename each public key according to the user's name, with a .pub extension, like or You can also use periods and underscores. Have the users send you the keys.

Copy all these *.pub files to keydir in your gitolite-admin repo clone. You can also organise them into various subdirectories of keydir if you wish, since the entire tree is searched.

Edit the config file (conf/gitolite.conf in your admin repo clone). See the gitolite.conf documentation ( for details on what goes in that file, syntax, etc. Just add new repos as needed, and add new users and give them permissions as required. The users names should be exactly the same as their keyfile names, but without the .pub extension

$ nano conf/gitolite.conf

Commit and push the changes them:

git commit -a
git push

See also