Where I work, we’ve been using an Ubuntu Server running gitolite to act as our “Source control server” and manage permissions and access. Its worked well, and after some initial configuration (which I recall being pretty tricky) looking after the gitolite instance has been pretty easy and could easily continue to serve our needs as a small business well.

Adding new users required you to get an ssh key from the new user, add it to an “administration repository” and then add their name to a config file within that repository. The same config file could then be used to determine which access rights they had to repositories as well as defining new repositories.

We also use a satis install to act as a private composer for our internal private packages.

One of the things gitolite doesn’t provide you with is any sort of front end at all, everything has to be done through the terminal. It also requires you to have all of the following tools separately:

  • Issue tracker
  • File browser
  • Activity stream
  • Pull request management

Which are all features that github has built in natively.

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Talv Bansal

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