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=== Shared repository ===
If you want to give access to your repository to other users you can do this with ACLs.
  setfacl -R -m u:<user>:rwX <repo.git>
  find <repo.git> -type d | xargs setfacl -R -m d:u:<user>:rwX


Revision as of 17:47, 7 December 2011

This page covers the details on how to obtain and use your personal space on , which is a site where Fedora contributors can upload files for sharing out with the world. It is perfect for uploading specfiles, srpms, patches, personal repository etc, etc.

Allowable content

  • Do not distribute anything on that Fedora itself cannot distribute for legal reasons. Nothing on the ForbiddenItems list or otherwise non distributable by Fedora.
  • Do not upload your private .ssh keys. While Fedora IT works hard on keeping the servers secure, break ins will happen and private keys uploaded can be downloaded and brute-forced easily these days. Private .ssh keys if found during an audit will be deleted.

Accessing Your Space

  1. You need an active Fedora account
  2. You must be sponsored in a group (other than the CLA groups)
  3. You need to generate a ssh key (ssh-keygen -t rsa).
  4. Upload that ssh key into your Fedora account. To upload, visit this link and select your key file using the Public RSA SSH key field. Normally your key is stored in your home directory under .ssh/ The ssh key gets activated an hour after you upload it.
  5. To connect, use the ssh key you uploaded into your Fedora account:
    ssh -i ~/.ssh/id_rsa <your_fedora_id>

This step can also be done via Fedora account.

  1. While logged in, click on "My Account" on the side bar.
  2. Select "edit" link next to "Account Details."
  3. Type the following in the "Public RSA SSH Key:" field:
  4. Click the "Save!" button.
  5. Verify your success. You will see "ssh-rsa" followed by alpha numeric string in "Public SSH Key:" field of your Account Details.

Common Answers

  • Each Fedora contributor has 2000000 KiB (approximately 1954 MiB) of quota-controlled space.
  • If you run out of space you should: clean up stuff you don't need. If you cannot clean up anything then you should contact fedora infrastructure to raise your quota.
  • To make a publicly viewable space, create a public_html directory.
  • Fedora people is NOT to be used for development or creating repositories on. Repositories will need to be created elsewhere and uploaded via scp or rsync.
  • DO NOT try to use sudo to install packages you "need." Unless you are in the Infrastructure group, and have gotten approval from sysadmin-main, extra packages are not to be installed on fedorapeople.
  • Upload files using scp, sftp, or rsync.
Using Nautilus
If you use GNOME, visit this page for an easy way to connect to your space.
Using Dolphin or Konqueror
If you use KDE, type s in your file manager address bar for an easy way to connect to your space.

To copy files from the command line, you can use scp

scp /path/to/file

  • Once uploaded into the users public_html directory the files are available via http at:
  • Give other users access to read/write/etc files by using extended acls. Read man pages for setfacl and getfacl for adding them to your dirs/files. This gives the user jkeating read and write access to file:
setfacl -m u:jkeating:rw file

BETA git hosting support now has support for hosting git repositories including accessing them via the git:// protocol for anonymous downloads as well as providing gitweb. This should be considered beta.

Here is a quick rundown of how to get started using git on It assumes that you are already somewhat familiar with git. You might want to take a look at the Git quick reference.

Create a ~/public_git directory on

ssh "mkdir ~/public_git; /sbin/restorecon -Rv ~/public_git"

Creating a new git repository in ~/public_git

As an example, here is one method to create an empty repository on your local system and upload it:

git init --bare repo.git
scp -r repo.git/

This creates a bare repository (i.e. a repository that has no working directory). It contains just the files that are part of the .git directory of a non-bare git repository (the kind most users are accustomed to seeing).

Repository name must end with .git
Gitweb will not list repos that do not end in .git.

Uploading an existing repository to ~/public_git

If you have an existing repository you want to use on fedorapeople, you can do so easily:

git clone --bare /path/to/local/repo repo.git
scp -r repo.git/

The caveats from the previous section apply here as well.

Pushing to your repository

To push changes from a local repository:

cd /path/to/local/repo
git remote add fedorapeople
git push --mirror fedorapeople

This creates a mirror of your local repository. All of the branches and tags in the local repository will be pushed to the fedorapeople repository.

If you only want to push selected branches, amend the git push example. For example, to push only your local master branch:

git push fedorapeople master

Allowing others to push
You can allow other users to push to your repository using extended acls (see setfacl(1) for details). However, if you have many others working on your project, using Fedora Hosted is strongly preferred.

Cloning your repository

To clone your repository, use a command similar to:

git clone git://

It is also possible to clone your project via the http:// protocol. In order for this to work, you must arrange to have git-update-server-info run whenever you update your repository. Typically, this is done with a post-update hook script. However, the user home directories on are mounted with the noexec option, which prevents the script from running. Instead, you may create a symbolic link to git-update-server-info in the hooks directory of your repository:

cd ~/public_git/repo.git/hooks
ln -svbf $(git --exec-path)/git-update-server-info post-update
git update-server-info

You also need to create a link from ~/public_html/git to ~/public_git:

cd ~/public_html
ln -svbf ../public_git git

You can clone your repository over http:// with a command similar to:

git clone

git:// versus http://
Only clone via http:// if you are behind a firewall that prevents git:// from working. The git:// protocol is faster and more efficient than the http:// protocol for git usage.

Browsing your project via gitweb

You can see your project listed in gitweb once the project list updates. This happens hourly. Note that the gitweb URL may change.

Repository description
You can set the description for the repository that is displayed in gitweb by editing the description file in your repository.

Repository URLs
The URLs gitweb shows for your repository by default are incorrect (since the introduction of the service in mid-2008, last checked 2010-08-11). You can work around that by adding a file cloneurl to your repository which contains working URLs.

Default broken URLs:


Write these URLs into the cloneurl file to work around that:


Shared repository

If you want to give access to your repository to other users you can do this with ACLs.

 setfacl -R -m u:<user>:rwX <repo.git>
 find <repo.git> -type d | xargs setfacl -R -m d:u:<user>:rwX