Note: "smart http" refers to the feature that came with git 1.6.6, late 2009 or so. The base documentation for this is
man git-http-backend. Do NOT read
Documentation/howto/setup-git-server-over-http.txt and think that is the same or even relevant -- that is from 2006 and is quite different (and arguably obsolete).
Please read authentication versus authorisation first, and make sure you understand what is gitolite's responsibility and what isn't.
I have tested this only on stock Fedora (whatever is the current version); YDMV.
Note that the
GIT_PROJECT_ROOT variable (see "man git-http-backend") is no longer optional. Make sure you set it to some place outside apache's
In place of detailed instructions, there is a script called
t/smart-http.root-setup. Do NOT run this script as is -- it is actually meant for my testing setup and deletes stuff. However, it does provide an excellent (and working!) narration of what you need to do to install gitolite in smart http mode.
Make a copy of the script, go through it carefully, (possibly removing lines that delete files etc.), change values per your system, and only then run it.
This section has been contributed by Thomas Hager (duke at sigsegv dot at), and is available here.
Git URLs look like
The custom commands, like "info", "expand" should be handled as follows. The command name will come just after the
/git/, followed by a
?, followed by the arguments, with
+ representing a space. Here are some examples:
# ssh git@server info curl http://user:password@server/git/info # ssh git@server info repopatt curl http://user:password@server/git/info?repopatt # ssh git@server info repopatt user1 user2 curl http://user:password@server/git/info?repopatt+user1+user2
With a few nice shell aliases, you won't even notice the horrible convolutions here ;-) See t/smart-http for a couple of useful ones.
The 'gitolite' command (for example, 'gitolite compile', 'gitolite query-rc', and so on) can be run on the server, but it's not straightforward. Assuming you installed exactly as given in this page, you should
su -s /bin/bash - apache
and then you can run