git: simplest way to share a repository between two laptops on a local network?
If my friend has a git repository on his laptop, and we are both connect to the same LAN, what’s the absolute simplest way for me to clone that repository?
As far as I can tell, the options are:
- Getting SSH access to his machine
- Installing a web server and using
But neither of these are particularly simple (or, at least, as simple as
hg serve)… Is there anything better?
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I don’t remember what all the options mean, so it may take some playing, but I think git daemon does what you want.
I have had it work in the past.
cd project git daemon --reuseaddr --base-path=.git --export-all --verbose
git pull git://HOST/
See answer https://stackoverflow.com/a/377293/794407
For cloning only, you want to use
git daemon --export-all $PWD You can configure it to be read/write, but that is very insecure.
git-instaweb does not allow you to clone a repository.
Of course using github is a convenient way to share repositories without lots of configuration (though setting up an ssh server is usually not very difficult).
Not exactly point-and-click, but this might help:
Also, if you have access to his drive via any type of share (NFS, Samba, etc) then you can clone via the share name.
Oh, and there’s also
I was wondering if laptops (behind NAT) could remotely address each other (with logical rather than hostnames) via XMPP, if a tunneling of SSH over XMPP existed. I found http://code.google.com/p/xmpp-ssh/ but it seems old and unloved, and not clear whether intermediate servers need to support the XMPP extensions it uses.