Monday November 19 2018

Automatic deployment via git push

The corporate solution to this is “Use Jenkins” or some other bloated third party piece of software instead of the simple straightforward solution of using a small shell script and git’s powerful built in hooks.

The easiest way to show you how this works is with a couple of examples.

You have a git repository in /var/www/htdocs/ which contains your website’s source code or markdown files. You want this to be automatically updated to the latest commit on master every time you push.

The easiest, and most straightforward method of making this work is as follows:

$ cd /var/www/htdocs/
$ git config  receive.denyCurrentBranch "ignore"
$ ed hooks/post-receive
set -e
# Note that you may want to adjust your path to include your custom binaries
# Requires `git config  receive.denyCurrentBranch "ignore"` in order to be useful 
unset GIT_DIR
cd ..
git reset --hard HEAD
bin/render ..
$ chmod +x hooks/post-receive

And that’s about it. This assumes the work is done on the remote host in which you’re deploying to.

If you really need me to hold your hand setting up the local repository:

$ git clone site

And that’s about it. All you have to do is commit to your local branch and git push to see them on the server.

A few things you might not know if you’re new to git and haven’t read the excellent documentation:

GIT(1)                            Git Manual                            GIT(1)

       git - the stupid content tracker