Git server on OpenBSD

Tomasz Marciniak


Loosely based on official docs.

This obviously assumes you’re an admin of some OpenBSD system. With minor adjustments this will work on other UNIX-like systems, probably only doas (sudo without bloat) is the only OpenBSD specific thing.

Install git package

doas pkg_add git

Add git user

doas useradd -m -c "git repo" -s /usr/local/bin/git-shell git

Populate SSH key file

Add developers’ public SSH keys to git’s authorized_keys:

doas -u git "sh" "-c" 'echo no-port-forwarding,no-X11-forwarding,no-agent-forwarding,no-pty YOUR_PUBLIC_KEY >> /home/git/.ssh/authorized_keys'

If authorized_keys wasn’t created automatically before (via /etc/skel), make it yourself:

doas -u git "mkdir" "/home/git/.ssh"

Create empty repository

doas -u git "mkdir" "-p" "/home/git/repos/YOUR_REPO_NAME"
doas -u git "git" "init" "--bare" "/home/git/repos/YOUR_REPO_NAME"

Set up project on your workstation

On your workstation cd to the directory with your project. There:

git init
git add .
git config "Your name"
git config "Your email"
git commit -m "Initial import"
git remote add origin git@FQDN_OF_YOUR_SERVER:/home/git/repos/YOUR_REPO_NAME
git push origin master

You should see something like:

Enumerating objects: 3, done.
Counting objects: 100% (3/3), done.
Delta compression using up to 12 threads
Compressing objects: 100% (2/2), done.
Writing objects: 100% (3/3), 656 bytes | 656.00 KiB/s, done.
Total 3 (delta 0), reused 0 (delta 0), pack-reused 0
 * [new branch]      master -> master

Your git server is ready.