It took me a while to track down how to set up a new git repo on my remote server hosted by DreamHost. I imagine that most, if not all, of this stuff probably applies to any shared hosting service. Here’s what I have to do — in case I forget:
One time only
Before I do anything else, I need to make sure that git is installed on the dreamhost server. If it isn’t, I need to install it. I can easily find instructions elsewhere, so no need to reproduce them here.
Also, I should have a common location where I can store all my git repos on the server. I’m putting them in
/home/username/git/, where user name is my actual user name.
Each new git project
For the following instructions, assume that you’ve already set up a local git repo. Also, replace
PROJECTNAME with the appropriate values.
1. ON LOCAL: SSH into mydomain.com
2. ON REMOTE: create new bare remote git directory
cd /home/username/git/ mkdir PROJECTNAME.git cd PROJECTNAME.git git init --bare
3. BACK ON LOCAL: cd into local git repo. do an initial commit
git push --all ssh://[email protected]/home/username/git/PROJECTNAME.git git remote add origin ssh://[email protected]/home/username/git/PROJECTNAME.git git config branch.master.remote origin git config branch.master.merge refs/heads/master git fetch git merge master
Combined with the
rake deploy command, this little git setup makes updating and versioning my blog pretty painless.
Hold the phone!
After writing this post, I came across a really nice explanation that goes into more detail and even shows how to set up a post-receive hook on the remote server. In fact, using a post-receive hook appears more convenient than what I’m doing. I may have to revisit my deployment situation.