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1 adding and removing repos

NOTE: this page describes how to add new repos. To bring already existing repos into gitolite control, click here.


WARNING: Do NOT add new repos or users manually on the server. Gitolite users, repos, and access rules are maintained by making changes to a special repo called 'gitolite-admin' and pushing those changes to the server.


Just as for users, all operations are in a clone of the gitolite-admin repo.

To add a new repo, edit conf/gitolite.conf and add it, along with at least one user with some permissions. Or add it to an existing repo line:

repo gitolite tsh gitpod
    RW+     =   sitaram
    RW  dev =   alice bob
    R       =   @all

The "repo" line can have any number of repo names or repo group names in it. However, it can only be one line; this will not work

repo foo
repo bar    # WRONG; 'foo' is now forgotten
    RW      =   alice

If you have too many, use a group name:

@myrepos    =   foo
@myrepos    =   bar

repo @myrepos
    RW      =   alice

Finally, you add, commit, and push this change. Gitolite will create a bare, empty, repo on the server that is ready to be cloned.

Removing a repo is not so straightforward. You certainly must remove the appropriate lines from the conf/gitolite.conf file, but gitolite will not automatically delete the repo from the server. You have to log on to the server and do the dirty deed yourself :-)

It is best to make the change in the conf file, push it, and then go to the server and do what you need to.

Renaming a repo is also not automatic. Here's what you do (and the order is important):