Setting Git for a team of 3 people?

The post aims to summarize all pieces of information to set up a closed repository for 3 people in a competition. Please, feel free to add a problem to the list which I have not noted. Please, add each answer to each question as a separate answer.

  1. Situation A: Drafts and files can exchange between 3 people. The
    writer can only push files to the
  2. Situation B: Similarly as above, but all team mates can push files to the repository.

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    • How can you set up remote branches for people A, B and C, so that team members can see files which their team members want to share?
    • How can you set up the person A as a dictator, who can only push changes to the sacred repository?

    Initial Problems about Situation A

    1. How can you set up a Git repository, where people A, B and C can pull? I assume Git is already successfully installed to the repository
    2. How can you allow the writer only push?

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    Situation A

    It sounds like you want to set up a integration manager workflow. In this scenario, person A creates an initial repository which is the sacred repository. Each person, A, B and C, clones that repository for their personal work. When person B or C has something they want A to include in the repository for sharing, they commit it to their local repository, and ask A to pull from their repository (a pull request); person A sets up remotes for person B’s and person C’s repositories and then can git pull personB or git pull personB to merge in the changes. Person A then git pushs the merged changes into the sacred repository.

    You can set up the cloning and pushing over a variety of transports. The easiest is to use the git protocol over ssh. e.g.,

    1. Person A makes the sacred repository: see ‘Creating a remote repository’ at this page from 37signals. Let’s say it is in /local/git/project.git on sharedhost. You can leave out the --shared=group since you want it to be an integration repository. (Write access here is protected using Unix file permissions.)
    2. Person A, B and C, in their home directories, clone that repository.

      cd ~/src
      git clone ssh://sharedhost//local/git/project.git
      cd project # edit files in here.
      git commit
    3. Person A sets up remotes for B and C’s repositories.

      git remote add personB ssh://sharedhost/~b/src/project
      git remote add personC ssh://sharedhost/~c/src/project
    4. Now person A can git pull personB to fetch B’s changes. When A is happy, he will git push to push the newly merged changes to the shared repo and B and C can git pull to fetch them.

    If setting up the repositories sounds a bit complex, you may want to pay a provider such as GitHub to handle all the hosting of shared git repositories for you. They also have support where they can help you out with problems.
    For me, I found that the trickiest part is understanding the flow of commits. Once you get that, things start to make more sense. This discussion at might help clarify things for you. There is also a screencast that covers similar material.

    1. How can you set up a Git repository, where people A, B and C
      can pull?

    You need to use ssh -protocol (ssh username@ipAddress), and provide ssh access to 3 people, by providing an account for them on the machine that hosts the repository (Source).

    I recommend to provide SSH keys for your team members.
    Please, see the post.
    This allows them to clone by running, for instance:

    git clone user@machine:/path/to/repo.git

    A developed problem

    How can you provide an account for 3

    If your files must be private, I recommend you to have an account at Github which costs you a few bucks. You can also set up a repo at your own server by Gitosis.

    If your files can be open, I recommend you to use Github, since it is free for that purpose.

    A more developed problem

    How can you add an user to your Git

    You can add an user to your team by running the following code at your Git branch

    git add remote UserName ssh://ADDressToTheRepo

    Example of the command

    git add remote schacon git://

    A more-more developed problem

    How can you add your friend’s branch
    to your Git?

    Please, see my answer at the thread.

    One suggested me the use of Gitosis, which raised a new problem:
    How can you set up Gitosis to your server by first setting up Python-setuptools, when you do not have sudo access?

    Solution to install Gitosis: Please, see the post to install the newest Python. Note that your system probably has an old Python. You cannot update the system-Python without updating the whole OS. For example, you cannot update Mac Leopard’s Python because the system depends on it.

    Now, you can start to install python-setuptools. Please, see the post to install them.

    How can you report bugs efficiently to
    your team mates?

    I had a problem in reporting bugs and feature requests to my team mates.

    The software TicGit solves the problem for me. It is a ticket system for Git, which you can install simply by setting it up as a separate branch to your project.

    Git Baby is a git and github fan, let's start git clone.