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ryjo's Git Scripts


Scripts to help you create, set up, interact with and tear down your very own git server on AWS. This is a companion repository for my (soon to be series of) post(s) related to hosting your own git server. Give it a read and feel free to use what you find here to better your organization's toolchain.


You can initialize the server like so:


By default, this script uses opendns to determine your ip address. If you don't want it to do that, you'll be to otherwise figure out what your IP address is. This can be easily done by using your favorite search engine to search for "What is my IP address?" Then, run the following:

MY_IP= ./bin/

It may take some time for this command to complete because it waits for the EC2 instance to come up. After it completes, you should be able to issue commands on the git server like so:

ssh ubuntu@gitservadmin "whoami"

Note that we can do gitservadmin. The script adds a line to the ~/.ssh/config file that lets us do this. Give the script a read to see what other nice things it does for us.

Now that you've got your server set up, we can install the binaries that our admins and users will run. I've created some pre built binaries you can get here. Either that, or do debuild --no-tgz-check to build the deb packages. Copy the ryjo-git-server_0.0.1_all.deb file to the server and install it like so:

scp ryjo-git-server_0.0.1_all.deb ubuntu@gitservadmin:~
ssh ubuntu@gitservadmin "sudo dpkg -i ryjo-git-server_0.0.1_all.deb"

Now we can add a new user to our server like so:

# The user would run this on their machine:
ssh-keygen -t rsa -b 4096 -f ~/.ssh/ryjo
# Then they'd send you their pub file
# which you would use like so:
ssh ubuntu@gitservadmin "addgituser ryjo $(cat ~/.ssh/"
# OR if they send you the public key itself:
ssh ubuntu@gitservadmin "addgituser ryjo 'ssh-rsa ...'"
# where "ssh-rsa ..." is the user's key

Alternatively, you can install the local client binaries to a place in your path and run them in a much more convenient way:

ln -s bin/client/admin/git-adduser /usr/local/bin
git adduser ryjo "$(cat ~/.ssh/"

There is also a deb package available if you're running a debian-based distro on your client machine that'll install the git-adduser binary for you so you don't have to do the ln -s command above:

dpkg -i ryjo-git-client-admin_0.0.1_all.deb

Your new user should add the following to their $HOME/.ssh/config file:

Host gitserv
    IdentityFile ~/.ssh/ryjo_rsa
    IdentitiesOnly yes

... where is the ip address of your git server.

Alternatively, if your user is running a debian-based distro on their machine, they can install the client deb file which will add the above placeholder entry into their ~/.ssh/config file during installation:

dpkg -i ryjo-git-client_0.0.1_all.deb

This will also install the git-addrepo binary on their machine which will let them add a repo to the git server:

git addrepo foo
git clone ryjo@gitserv:/srv/git/foo.git
cd foo
echo "# Foo" >
git add .
git commit -m "Initial commit."
git push

If they didn't install ryjo-git-client_0.0.1_all.deb, they'll need to manually install bin/client/user/addrepo in a directory in their $PATH in order to do the above git addrepo command.


If you want to undo what was done with, you can run:


Note that this does a bunch of destructive stuff, so make sure you read the contents of that file first before you run it. Awareness is key!

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