git Centralized Repository Creation (for SVN users)

December 11, 2010

git Centralized Repository Creation (for SVN users)

Since git is a distributed source control system, having a centralized repository is optional. People that are familiar with SVN often face the problem—how to create a centralized repository—when they switch to git. Fortunately, the steps are quite easy.

Step 1—Centralized Repository Creation

This step is like svnadmin, where we create a centralized repository on a possibly remote machine. To achieve the same thing with git, log onto the target machine, and use the following commands:

mkdir /path/to/repo.git
cd /path/to/repo.git
git --bare init

Note that the .git extension for the folder is a convention used when creating a remote git repository.

Step 2—Local Repository Creation

To create a local “working copy,” follow the same steps for creating a typical git repository.

mkdir /path/to/local_working_copy
cd /path/to/local_working_copy
git init
git remote add origin ssh://username@server/path/to/repo.git

Note that the command git remote add origin connects the local working copy to a remote repository named origin. To make origin the default remote repository, run the following commands:

git config branch.master.remote origin
git config branch.master.merge master

That’s it to set things up. The next step will make the initial commit.

Step 3—Initial Import

The first time trying to import files into a remote repository is a bit tricky, since a new branch needs to be created. To do so, first add files to the local repository and commit changes. Then, “push” changes to the remote repository using:

git push origin master:master

This only needs to be done the first time importing files. After that, just do git push. In case you wonder, the opposite of git push is git pull, which is equivalent to svn update.

Setting User Name and E-mail

Unlike svn, committer’s name and e-mail are attached to each commit. To save the trouble of entering every time, do the following:

git config "Committer's Name"
git config ""

If the committer’s name and e-mail will always be the same for projects of the local user, add --global parameter to apply it globally. For example:

git config --global "User Name"
git config --global ""

These simple steps should get you started using git with centralized repository in no time.


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