Posts Tagged ‘ bare repo ’

Problems with git bare repos and hooks?

Had an interesting issue crop up yesterday… supposedly, the reason a post-receive hook wasn’t firing was because the repo was set to “bare=true”.  I’ve googled for “bare repo” plus “hook”, and can’t find anything that would suggest hooks function any differently on bare repos vs normal ones.

Can anyone out there point me in the right direction?


experiments w/ upstream tracking and git

WordPress-MU uses subversion for their code repository, but I’m starting to become a bit of a git-addict. I’ll outline the steps I’ve taken to keep track of upstream while maintaining my (hopefully minimal) fedora customizations. Brain-patches and better methods cheerfully accepted!

Step 1: Create a remote repo

You don’t really need to do this, but tend to prefer having some off-site backup of my work… many a drive has failed for me in the past 😉

You’ve got a number of options for hosting sites; I’ll highlight katzj’s work w/, as well as point folks to

For now, I’m using, and here’s what the setup looked like:

[bretm@koom ~]$ ssh
Last login: Fri Sep  5 14:30:11 2008 from
This system is puppet managed!  Local changes may be overwritten:

[bretm@people1 ~]$ mkdir -p public_git/foo.git ; cd public_git/foo.git
[bretm@people1 foo.git]$ git --bare init
Initialized empty Git repository in /home/fedora/bretm/public_git/foo.git/
[bretm@people1 foo.git]$ exit note: the .git segment of foo.git is important, you need that or gitdaemon won’t find your repo

That’s it, you’ve created a bare, off-site repo. Remember that, in git, bare repos contain only diffs, and binary blobs, and nothing else. We’ll need some place to actually do our work…

Step 2: Create a local repo

Head to your working directory of whatever upstream source that you need to track & package. I’ll just create a quick text file and we can use that for an example:

[bretm@koom ~]$ mkdir -p devel/git/foo; cd devel/git/foo
[bretm@koom foo]$ echo "some stuff to track" > README
[bretm@koom foo]$ git add README
[bretm@koom foo]$ git commit -m "initial commit" -a
 1 files changed, 1 insertions(+), 0 deletions(-)
 create mode 100644 README
[bretm@koom foo]$ git branch
* master

So now we have a local repo, w/ a branch named master with a little bit of content. We’re now going to shove that into the remote repo with the branch name upstream:

[bretm@koom foo]$ git remote add fedorapeople git+ssh://
[bretm@koom foo]$ git push git+ssh:// master:refs/heads/upstream
Counting objects: 3, done.
Writing objects: 100% (3/3), 230 bytes, done.
Total 3 (delta 0), reused 0 (delta 0)
To git+ssh://
 * [new branch]      master -> upstream
[bretm@koom foo]$ git remote show fedorapeople
* remote fedorapeople
  URL: git+ssh://
  New remote branches (next fetch will store in remotes/fedorapeople)
[bretm@koom foo]$ git fetch fedorapeople
From git+ssh://
 * [new branch]      upstream   -> fedorapeople/upstream
[bretm@koom foo]$ git branch -a
* master

The git fetch fedorapeople is important; without that, you would only see your local master branch, and not the remote fedorapeople/upstream one. So, now we have a remote branch with which to track upstream’s trunk, but we also want one to hold the Fedora customizations:

[bretm@koom foo]$ git push git+ssh:// master:refs/heads/fedora
Total 0 (delta 0), reused 0 (delta 0)
To git+ssh://
 * [new branch]      master -> fedora
[bretm@koom foo]$ git fetch fedorapeople
From git+ssh://
 * [new branch]      fedora     -> fedorapeople/fedora
[bretm@koom foo]$ git branch -a
* master

Now comes the interesting part… interacting w/ upstream’s svn repo.

Step 3: Use git-svn to fetch upstream’s Subversion repository

The general workflow for maintaining the Fedora package will look something along the lines of:

  1. fetch updates from upstream
  2. apply updates to fedorapeople/upstream branch
  3. rebase the fedorapeople/fedora branch upon fedorapeople/upstream
  4. roll a new srpm and build through koji

To make our lives easier, we’re going to use git-svn.

[bretm@koom foo]$ git-svn init
[bretm@koom foo]$ git-svn fetch
        A       trunk/htaccess.dist
        A       trunk/Changelog-old.txt
r1 = 4634bd6d2b37808f9ff43839411131dffdf067c6 (git-svn)
        M       trunk/README
r2 = de60b7d4aaab3fc45b2c1548062c21265873719b (git-svn)
        A       trunk/blah.txt
[bretm@koom foo]$

We now have local cached information from upstream’s Subversion repository.

Step 4. Rebase your patchset given new updates on trunk

We’ll step away from foo for a bit and use my wordpress-mu package as a more concrete example. Right now, fedorapeople/upstream is a pristine copy of wordpress-mu’s 2.6.1 tag. The Fedora-specific config customizations reside in fedorapeople/fedora. But it has been several days, and there’s a bit of a difference upstream between trunk & 2.6.1 (maybe some 2.7 stuff creeping in?):

[bretm@koom wordpress-mu]$ git diff tags/2.6.1 trunk | diffstat | tail -n1
 89 files changed, 1741 insertions(+), 1403 deletions(-)

Wow, that’s quite a bit of deltas. I want to pull these updates in, but I’m a little nervous at the scope. Ideally, I’d like to avoid tainting my upstream and fedora branches, yet still pull in the fedora-specific patch-set so I can run this through Koji, etc. In this case, it seems like the best strategy is to branch fedorapeople/fedora, and rebase that new branch from trunk.

[bretm@koom wordpress-mu]$ git checkout -b experimental fedorapeople/fedora
Branch experimental set up to track remote branch refs/remotes/fedorapeople/fedora.
Switched to a new branch "experimental"
[bretm@koom wordpress-mu]$ git merge trunk
Auto-merged htaccess.dist
CONFLICT (content): Merge conflict in htaccess.dist
Auto-merged index-install.php
Auto-merged wp-admin/admin.php
CONFLICT (content): Merge conflict in wp-admin/admin.php
Auto-merged wp-admin/includes/mu.php
CONFLICT (content): Merge conflict in wp-admin/includes/mu.php
Auto-merged wp-admin/menu-header.php
CONFLICT (content): Merge conflict in wp-admin/menu-header.php
Auto-merged wp-content/blogs.php
Auto-merged wp-includes/functions.php
Auto-merged wp-includes/l10n.php
Auto-merged wp-includes/version.php
CONFLICT (content): Merge conflict in wp-includes/version.php
Auto-merged wp-includes/wpmu-functions.php
Auto-merged wp-settings.php
Auto-merged wpmu-settings.php
CONFLICT (content): Merge conflict in wpmu-settings.php
Automatic merge failed; fix conflicts and then commit the result.

Hm. That doesn’t look great.

[bretm@koom wordpress-mu]$ git status
wp-admin/admin.php: needs merge
wp-admin/menu-header.php: needs merge
wp-includes/version.php: needs merge
# Not currently on any branch.
# Changes to be committed:
#   (use "git reset HEAD <file>..." to unstage)
#       modified:   wp-admin/admin-ajax.php
#       modified:   wp-admin/admin-header.php
#       deleted:    wp-admin/bookmarklet.php
#       modified:   wp-admin/css/colors-classic-rtl.css
#       modified:   wp-admin/css/colors-fresh-rtl.css
#       modified:   wp-admin/css/dashboard-rtl.css
#       modified:   wp-admin/css/global-rtl.css
#       modified:   wp-admin/css/ie-rtl.css
#       modified:   wp-admin/css/install-rtl.css
#       modified:   wp-admin/css/login-rtl.css
#       modified:   wp-admin/css/media-rtl.css
#       modified:   wp-admin/css/press-this-ie-rtl.css
#       modified:   wp-admin/css/press-this-rtl.css
#       modified:   wp-admin/css/press-this.css
#       modified:   wp-admin/css/theme-editor-rtl.css
#       modified:   wp-includes/wp-diff.php
#       modified:   wp-settings.php
#       modified:   xmlrpc.php
# Changed but not updated:
#   (use "git add <file>..." to update what will be committed)
#       unmerged:   wp-admin/admin.php
#       modified:   wp-admin/admin.php
#       unmerged:   wp-admin/menu-header.php
#       modified:   wp-admin/menu-header.php
#       unmerged:   wp-includes/version.php
#       modified:   wp-includes/version.php
[bretm@koom wordpress-mu]$

Hm. A few vi sessions later, I’ve got the conflicts merged, and experimental is now representative of trunk plus my fedora patch-set.

Is there an easier/better way to do this?