How do I rename a Git repository created with gitolite?
I created a Git repository using gitolite. Now I would like to rename that repository.
How can I do this?
In gitolite’s readme is says that I should not work directly on the server. But I guess I have to do some work on the server in this case, right?
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As stated in the gitolite basic-admin manual:
renaming a repo
This is similar; there’s no code to do this in
gitolite. What you do is:
log on to the server,
cd ~/repositories), and
mv old-name.git new-name.git
back on your gitolite-admin clone, edit
conf/gitolite.confand replace all occurrences of
new-name. Then add, commit, and push as usual.
The order of these 2 steps is important; do not reverse them 🙂
A third step is necessary on gitolite3:
- edit file
gl-confin the repo and change the repository name to the new name
And of course, every user should update his clone configuration to point to the new repo name.
I’m not familiar with gitolite specifically, but one approach that might work is to create a completely new repository with the correct name, push your code up into that one, and then delete the old one.
Using Greg Hewgill as an idea, you possibly can rename the repository in the config file. You may want to try that on a dummy repository first. My suspicions is the old name will be deleted, the new will be created and you need to update your origins locally then push.
A clean approach is to create the new repository as an empty one, then do the following:
Assuming old is OLD and new (empty) is NEW:
# mkdir /tmp/1 # cd /tmp/1 # git clone OLD_REPO old # git clone NEW_REPO new # cd new # git pull ../old # git push origin master
Or you can use directly the remote repo for OLD:
# mkdir /tmp/1 # cd /tmp/1 # git clone NEW_REPO new # cd new # git pull OLD_REPO # git push origin master
This will keep all history and will let gitolite handle its internals. Additionally you’ll have to update gitolite-admin but there’s not limitation in the order.
This also works remotely without problems.
Deleting the OLD repository should be done per gitolite’s instructions (locally) though.