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Welcome to the gitolite wiki!!

Gitolite allows you to host Git repositories easily and securely.

Please start reading here to learn about gitolite.

IMPORTANT: I do not support/endorse any third party donation sites, and you cannot donate to me that way. If you really want to contribute, please see the donation section below (TLDR: I don't want anything, but I have some suggestions for deserving FOSS projects you can donate to instead!)


Click here for information about contacting me, the mailing list, and IRC channel. Unless you are reporting what you think is a security issue, I prefer you send to the mailing list, not to me directly.

Please DO NOT send me messages via github's "issues" system, linkedin comments/discussion, stackoverflow questions, google+, and any other Web 3.0 "coolness". (The issues system does have an email interface, but it is not a substitute for email. I can't cc anyone else when I want to, for instance. Well I can, but any response the original requester then makes using the website will not get cc-d to the person I cc-d).


Please send me patches via email, not as github pull requests. Again, if you think it's a security issue, send it directly to my gmail address, but otherwise please send it to the mailing list, so others can see it and comment on it.

The preferred format is the files created by git-format-patch, as attachments. However, if your repo has a public clone URL, you can make a new branch just for this fix, and send the repo URL and branch name to the mailing list.

(If you do send me a github pull request, I may take it if it's a trivial patch, but otherwise I'll ask you to close the pull request, then read this URL for how to send me the patch.)


My gpg key (should be available at least from keyserver, probably most others as well):

pub   4096R/088237A5 2011-10-25
      Key fingerprint = 560A DA64 7542 816F 412E  5891 A442 9085 0882 37A5
uid                  Sitaram Chamarty (work email) <>
uid                  Sitaram Chamarty <>
sub   4096R/8AC76EFB 2011-10-25


Disclaimer: this is my personal opinion and does not necessarily reflect that of my employer. The disclaimer applies especially strongly to para 3 below.

I've had people ask me how they can donate to gitolite. The first part of the answer is that there is no need. I work for TCS, which is a large IT services firm, and they support my efforts in this and always have.

The second part of the answer is that if you feel the need to donate, please donate to either the VIM project or the Perl Foundation, both of which I consider indispensable to my work.

I have been using open source since 1995, both personally and at work, and until now have never actually given back in any significant way other than evangelism. Thus the third part of the answer is that you can actually donate to any FOSS project whose primary target OS is a free OS (i.e., projects whose primary target is Windows or Mac or indeed any proprietary OS, don't qualify) that you think makes a big difference in your life, and, I will consider myself thanked adequately :-)

Finally, please note that I do not support/endorse any third party donation sites. Even if they are completely honest and above board (which is actually very hard to determine, IMO), no one has permission to do that on my behalf or in the name of gitolite. If you come across any site that purports to do so, please let me know. At the very least there are potential trademark issues, and I believe I have an implicit obligation to deal with them.

NOTE: GIT is a trademark of Software Freedom Conservancy and my use of "Gitolite" is under license.

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