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repoSpanner is a distributed repository storage server, based around Git.

It is designed so that all nodes are equal -- any client can push/pull to/from any node and should see no difference at all. Each node makes sure that all pushed objects are synced to at least a majority of the nodes before acknowledging the push.

The system should be resilient against any nodes failing, as long as a majority of nodes remains available; with the worst case being a single push failing due to an attempt to push to the failed node.

Note: As a consequence of this, it is strongly suggested to deploy regions with odd numbers of nodes.

Build repoSpanner

Make sure you have a Go toolchain available, and run:

$ ./


A repoSpanner deployment is called a "cluster", which consists of one or more "regions", which contain one or more "nodes". A cluster contains all nodes that are under the same deployment, and a region contains all nodes that talk and synchronize amongst each other.

The nodename.regionname.clustername should be the FQDNs the nodes use to communicate with their peers.

The repoSpanner binary contains all the tools needed to create the Certificate Authority (CA) to perform the pushes. To initiate a cluster, run: repospanner ca init <cluster-name>. E.g.:

$ repospanner ca init repospanner.local.

To create node certificates, run: repospanner ca node <region> <nodename>. E.g.:

$ repospanner ca node regiona nodea

To create leaf certificates (for admin and to push/pull), run:

$ repospanner ca leaf <username>

And then arguments for whether the user is an admin (--admin), can pull (--read), and/or push (--write); and for which regions and repositories this certificate is valid (globbing possible), e.g.:

$ repospanner ca leaf admin --admin --write \
    --read --region "*" --repo "*"

After creating the certificates, deploy them to the nodes, and create configuration files (default: /etc/repospanner/config.yml). Then on the first node, invoke the following to make it initialize its databases:

$ repospanner serve --spawn

And then, to run it:

$ repospanner serve

Or start the repospanner.service unit file. Then on any further nodes, run: repospanner serve --join https://<running.node.fqdn>:<rpcport>, e.g.:

$ repospanner serve --joinnode \

And then run:

repospanner serve

Or, again, start the repospanner.service unit file.

Repository access

After this, the service will be available on https://<node.fqdn>/

For git repo pull/push, add a /repo/.git. Example clone command for default https port on tcp/443 and repo name being "test"

git clone \
--config http.sslcert=/etc/pki/repospanner/someuser.crt \
--config http.sslkey=/etc/pki/repospanner/someuser.key \
--config http.sslCAinfo=/etc/pki/repospanner/<repospanner-CA>.crt \

Alternatively, for ssh based pushing and pulling, make sure that the users' entry console is the repobridge binary, and the client_config.yml file is setup in /etc/repospanner. This client will automatically revert to plain git if it determines the repo that is being pushed to is not a repospanner repository.


For development, standard github pull requests are used. Most changes do not require special tools other than the standard build instructions, however, if you modify any of the protobuf files, you'll need to install the protobuf compiler:

$ dnf install protobuf-devel

Then run go generate ./... to regenerate the built files.

To run the full test suite, run from the main directory:

$ go test ./...


The project comes with a decent functional test suite. Explore the repospanner/functional_tests to see the variety of tests that you can run.


Contributions are most welcome. Please make sure to add a Signed-Off-By line in your git commit to indicate you agree to the Developer Certificate of Origin (DCO) as quoted below. To do this, simple add the "-s" flag to your git commit, like: git commit -s.

Developer Certificate of Origin

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Everyone is permitted to copy and distribute verbatim copies of this license document, but changing it is not allowed.

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(c) The contribution was provided directly to me by some other person who certified (a), (b) or (c) and I have not modified it.

(d) I understand and agree that this project and the contribution are public and that a record of the contribution (including all personal information I submit with it, including my sign-off) is maintained indefinitely and may be redistributed consistent with this project or the open source license(s) involved.

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