How to install git and gitolite on the Cubieboard with Cubian

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I’ve been using a Digital Ocean droplet to run git, gitolite and GitList, to host my private git repos for some time, but I recently decided to switch to a Cubieboard, because it’s more fun and an easy way to save about $10/mo. In this post I’ll show you the steps I took to install git and gitolite on the Cubieboard, using Cubian X.

  1. Install git and gitolite:
    sudo apt-get install git gitolite
  2. Add an user to handle gitolite:
    sudo adduser --system --shell /bin/bash --group --disabled-password --home /home/git git

    The code above creates the git user, without password, so direct logins are not possible.

  3. Switch to the git user:
    sudo su git
  4. Change directory:
    cd /home/git
  5. Generate a RSA key:
    ssh-keygen -t rsa

    You can safely accept the defaults. You should get something like this:

    Generating public/private rsa key pair.
    Enter file in which to save the key (/home/git/.ssh/id_rsa): 
    Created directory '/home/git/.ssh'.
    Enter passphrase (empty for no passphrase): 
    Enter same passphrase again: 
    Your identification has been saved in /home/git/.ssh/id_rsa.
    Your public key has been saved in /home/git/.ssh/
    The key fingerprint is:
    4c:44:82:2e:ad:86:4e:9a:83:ef:e9:97:84:46:2d:d9 git@cubie
    The key's randomart image is:
    +--[ RSA 2048]----+
    |         +o      |
    |        oo*      |
    |   + o o.o       |
    |  + F o.o        |
    | . + o *S        |
    |  + . .. .       |
    | o o .  .        |
    |  o o            |
    | ...             |
  6. Still as the git user configure gitolite:
    gl-setup /home/git/.ssh/

    You should get the following output:

    The default settings in the rc file (/home/git/.gitolite.rc) are fine for most
    people but if you wish to make any changes, you can do so now.
    hit enter...

    Press the Enter key on your keyboard then you can just save the file and exit. If you’re using nano, just press CTRL+O and then CTRL+X.

  7. Copy the id_rsa (not the file from /home/git/.ssh to your local computer.
  8. Configure SSH access to your Cubieboard for the git user. On a Mac you would place your id_rsa file (you can rename it) in your home folder, under .ssh, and you would edit the config file under .ssh by adding something like this:
        User git
        Port 36000
        IdentityFile /Users/your-username/.ssh/cubie_id_rsa
        ServerAliveInterval 300

    Now, if you do ssh git@ you should get something like:

    hello id_rsa, this is gitolite 2.3-1 (Debian) running on git
    the gitolite config gives you the following access:
         R   W 	gitolite-admin
        @R_ @W_	testing
    Connection to closed.
  9. You can now clone the gitolite-admin repository (which is used to change the gitolite configuration) from your Cubieboard to your local computer:
    git clone git@
    1. git and gitolite installation is now complete. In my next post I’ll show you how to actually configure gitolite, how to add new users and new repositories.

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