Your Git repo doesn’t need to be on Bitbucket or Github. You can very easily host a repository on your own systems. This article demonstrates this. We’re using CentOS here but any Linux OS should work. You just need the “git” package.
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yum install git
Which is probably already installed. If not, complete the install. Then create a “git” user.
For added security, you can change the “shell” in the “/etc/passwd” file to a limited “git specific” shell.
usermod -s /usr/bin/git-shell git
Now add your key. Of course, if you allow password-basesd logins via SSH, your key doesn’t need to be uploaded. But you should probably reconsider and switch to keys-only. You can do it with “ssh-copy-id” or manually like this:
On the git server.
# Create the directory. mkdir /home/git/.ssh # Add your public key to this file: vi /home/git/.ssh/authorized_keys # Set permissions: chmod 700 /home/git/.ssh chmod 600 /home/git/.ssh/authorized_keys # Set ownership. chown git.git -R /home/git/.ssh
Now we need to create the repository. I use a structure like “COMPANY / PROJECT” but use whatever structure you like.
mkdir /home/git/company1/project1 cd /home/git/company1/project1 git init --bare chown git.git -R /home/git
Ok, we’re ready. On your client host (with the corresponding key), you can do a “git clone” to get the new/empty repository.
On the git client (your workstation):
git clone firstname.lastname@example.org:/home/git/company1/project1
Go into the new directory, create a new file, push it and confirm it works.
cd ~/project1 echo "This is a test file" > testfile git add testfile git commit -m "first push" git push
If you got something looking like the following, you’re in good shape. You’re done. However, if you want to add other people to the repo (give others access), just append their SSH key to the server file “/home/git/.ssh/authorized_keys” file.