Sometimes you will find the need to share a local git repository with some of your co-workers without putting the reposiotry on a server.

There are five possibilities to set up a repository for pull from

You have a number of ways to share your lcoal git repository with others.

  • Local filesystem: git clone /path/to/repo or git clone file://path/to/repo. Least work if you have networked filesystem, but not very efficient use of network.

  • HTTP protocols: git clone You need any web server, and you also need to run (perhaps automatically, from a hook) git-update-server-info to generate information required for fetching/pulling via “dumb” protocols.

  • SSH: git clone ssh:// or git clone You need to setup SSH server (SSH daemon), and have SSH installed on client (e.g. PuTTY on MS Windows).

  • git protocol: git clone git:// You need to run git-daemon on server; see documentation for details (you can run it as standalone process only for fetching, not necessary run as service). git-daemon is a part of git.

  • bundle: You generate bundle on server using git-bundle command, transfer it to a client machine in any way (even via USB), and clone using git clone file.bndl (if clone does not work, you can do “git init”, “git remote add” and “git fetch”).

How do I share my local git repository

I like to share my local git repository but using the git-daemon. First I move to the folder that has all my repo’s in it and then I issue the following commands:

git daemon --export-all --base-path=$(pwd)

Now to clone the shared repository, use

# e.g., git clone git://my-machine/ test-project

That was easy right?


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14 May 2013