Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Setting up Push-to-Deploy with git


  • I have a computer at home/office.
  • We have a VPS on web.
  • On VPS we have a location for our website i.e. /var/www/example.com
  • I need a version control system.
  • I don't want to develop and upload changes manually.
  • I want to push a specific branch i.e. www to vps for deployment.
How can I achieve my goal? Find below the answer:

1. Lets create an example directory first.

Lets create a temp directory and then create sub-directories under it.

mahesh@mknsoft.com ~
[06:43:00]⌘  mkdir test && cd test

mahesh@mknsoft.com ~/test
[06:43:14]⌘  mkdir vps dev www

dev = My development computer
vps = Virtual Private Server on Internet
www = i,e, /var/www/example.com/

2. Setup a --bare git repo in vps.

mahesh@mknsoft.com ~/test
[06:43:33]⌘  cd vps

mahesh@mknsoft.com ~/test/vps
[06:45:51]⌘  git init --bare
Initialized empty Git repository in /Users/mahesh/test/vps/

3. Setup git repo in dev, add remote and do initial commit.

mahesh@mknsoft.com (BARE:master) ~/test/vps
[06:45:59]⌘  cd ../dev

mahesh@mknsoft.com ~/test/dev
[06:49:16]⌘  git init
Initialized empty Git repository in /Users/mahesh/test/dev/.git/

mahesh@mknsoft.com (master #) ~/test/dev
[06:49:31]⌘  git remote add origin ../vps

mahesh@mknsoft.com (master #) ~/test/dev
[06:50:15]⌘  echo "Test line 1" >> file.txt

mahesh@mknsoft.com (master #) ~/test/dev
[06:50:40]⌘  git add .

mahesh@mknsoft.com (master #) ~/test/dev
[06:50:50]⌘  git commit -m "Initial commit."
[master (root-commit) 1683234] Initial commit.
 1 file changed, 1 insertion(+)
 create mode 100644 file.txt

mahesh@mknsoft.com (master) ~/test/dev
[06:51:07]⌘  git push origin master
Counting objects: 3, done.
Writing objects: 100% (3/3), 231 bytes | 0 bytes/s, done.
Total 3 (delta 0), reused 0 (delta 0)
To ../vps
 * [new branch]      master -> master

4. How to publish?

At this point we are still unable to publish anything inside www directory. Now what can I do? Humm..., this is where hooks come to picture. Lets create a hook (post-receive) inside vps to track new pushes.

mahesh@mknsoft.com (master) ~/test/dev
[06:51:21]⌘  cd ../vps/hooks

mahesh@mknsoft.com (BARE:master) ~/test/vps/hooks
[07:02:04]⌘  touch post-receive

mahesh@mknsoft.com (BARE:master) ~/test/vps/hooks
[07:02:28]⌘  chmod +x post-receive

Lets get inside post-receive and write some code as per requirement.

mahesh@mknsoft.com (BARE:master) ~/test/vps/hooks
[07:02:49]⌘  vim post-receive

  1 #!/bin/bash
  3 read oldrev newrev refname
  4 echo "Old revision  : $oldrev"
  5 echo "New revision  : $newrev"
  6 echo "Reference name: $refname"
  8 BRANCH=${refname#refs/heads/}
 10 echo "Pushed branch : $BRANCH"
 12 if [ $BRANCH = www ]; then
 13         export GIT_WORK_TREE=/Users/mahesh/test/www
 14         git checkout -f www
 15         echo "Published."
 16 else
 17         echo "Push on branch www to publish"
 18 fi

So fare so good. Lets test it out right away.

mahesh@mknsoft.com (BARE:master) ~/test/vps/hooks
[07:10:50]⌘  cd ../../dev

mahesh@mknsoft.com (master) ~/test/dev
[07:14:13]⌘  git branch www && git checkout www
Switched to branch 'www'

mahesh@mknsoft.com (www) ~/test/dev
[07:14:44]⌘  git push origin www
Total 0 (delta 0), reused 0 (delta 0)
remote: Old revision  : 0000000000000000000000000000000000000000
remote: New revision  : 168323487f78ac6e03022ed4b456e1c0e95af21b
remote: Reference name: refs/heads/www
remote: Pushed branch : www
remote: Switched to branch 'www'
remote: Published.
To ../vps
 * [new branch]      www -> www

mahesh@mknsoft.com (www) ~/test/dev
[07:15:28]⌘  ls ../www

Note: If you push in master branch, new updates will not be published as condition specified in post-receive source code.

Thursday, December 25, 2014

Bash script - utility bin

Bash utility script files for all.
Can be useful for linux based OS users. Below is the location.


Fork, contribute or comment is welcome. Enjoy :)

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Start a Simple Web Server from Any Director

If you haven't installed Python yet, do it right away. This thing requires Python and it's available as a module inside Python.

Navigate to the directory using your terminal window where you want the web server to start and issue the following command:

$ python -m SimpleHTTPServer 8080

It will start the web server right away.

Open web browser and goto:

Enjoy :)