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Peeter Vois Peeter.Vois at
Mon Apr 21 08:04:04 CEST 2008

Hi Brian!

I have been working with a simple git web frontend written in php. Take a look a nice real life demo ;)

History of the web frontend is here:

Maybe you will find something to take over.

Best Regards,

On Sun, 20 Apr 2008 22:54:51 -0700
"Brian J. Tarricone" <bjt23 at> wrote:

> {Could someone fwd this to goodies-dev?  I'm too lazy to subscribe.}
> Hey all,
> For starters: no, Xfce is not migrating to git.  We're sticking with
> svn, at least for now.
> On the other hand, I've been messing around with git for a while, and I
> really like it, so I decided to set up git hosting (using gitosis, if
> you're curious) on our project server (, and write a
> simple web frontend for people to manage their own git repositories.
> First, a bit of a policy note:  This is not intended as a
> general-purpose git hosting solution.  Let's keep all projects hosted
> here Xfce-related, or at the very least, desktop-neutral (and
> gtk-based, for neutral GUI apps).  If you just want free git hosting
> for any old project, go to github or gitorious or wherever.
> If you have a https account on (basically anyone with svn
> commit access), then you automatically have an account on
> Right now the admin panel is here:
> It should hopefully be pretty self-explanatory.  Basically, the only
> access we offer will be ssh-based, and all auth is done using ssh
> public keys (no passwords).
> So first, you'll use the admin panel to add your ssh public keys to
> your account.  You can add as many keys as you want.  If you later want
> to delete one, you can do that too.
> Next create a new git repository (the repos link).  Hopefully that
> should be pretty self-explanatory.  For security/sanity reasons, repo
> names are a bit restricted -- only alphanumeric (US English alphabet),
> and dash, underscore, plus, and dot are allowed.  Don't put a '.git'
> extension on the end of the repo name.  Your username will get
> prepended to the name automatically.
> repo deletion or editing the repo metadata yet.  So be careful for the
> time being, because you can't yet correct typos.
> After you've created a repo on the server, you can create a repo
> normally on your end and make commits.  When you want to push to the
> repo on the server for the first time, you can do:
> git-remote add origin git at$username/$reponame
> git-push origin master:refs/heads/master
> (Obviously, replace $username with your https username, and $reponame
> with the name of the repo you created.)
> To make your local 'master' branch automatically track the remote when
> you do git-pull, do this (not sure if this is needed, but it works for
> me):
> git-config branch.master.remote origin
> git-config branch.master.merge refs/heads/master
> I have cgit running at  If you checked the
> appropriate box when creating the repo, you can view it on the web
> there.  If you checked the 'anonymous access' box, read-only users can
> fetch your tree by doing:
> git-clone git://$username/$repo
> TODO list for the admin interface:
> * allow editing repo metadata
> * allow deleting repos
> * allow granting other users write (push) access to one of your repos
> * allow uploading a ssh pubkey file (instead of pasting the contents
>   into a text box)
> * map user names to real names for the 'owner' display on cgit
> Anyhow, that should be about it.  Give it a try, and let me know if you
> have any problems.
> 	-brian
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