This generic example uses Dreamhost to demonstrate. Some info may change from server to server.
Set up the repository on the server
SSH into your host.
You need to get to the point where you don’t need to enter a password anymore… You may need to restart terminal.
Make sure you at your account root or one directory above the live site directory.
Make your GIT directory and move into it.
mkdir [yourdomain].git && cd $_
Create an empty GIT repository.
git init --bare
Create/Edit the post-receive hook in order to update the files when pushed to.
Enter this into the post-receive file:
#!/bin/bash # Replace this line with your real domain name DOMAIN=[yourdomain] echo "-= Transferring changes to $DOMAIN =-" # Clearing git env unset GIT_DIR unset GIT_WORK_TREE cd ~/$DOMAIN git pull echo "-= Done =-"
Set the permissions on post-receive file.
chmod +x hooks/post-receive
Change back to the parent directory.
Clone the GIT repository into the site.
git clone [yourdomain].git [yourdomain.com]
Exit the SSH session.
Add your SSH public key to the server
If you have not generated a public key before, you may need to create one.
ssh-keygen -t rsa
Add to authorized keys on the server.
cat ~/.ssh/id_rsa.pub | ssh [user]@[host] "mkdir ~/.ssh; cat >> ~/.ssh/authorized_keys"
Add your new remote into your local GIT repository
Change to your GIT repository.
cd [git repository path]
Add the remote. Here we are using “live” as the remote name, this could be anything. eg: “production”, “staging”…
git remote add live ssh://[user]@[host]/~/[yourdomain].git
Pust to test it out.
git push live master
Remove public access to .git
Keep the public from viewing the .git and .gitignore files in the new repo. You can place this in an .htaccess in the parent directory to affect multiple sites at once, or right into the main site .htaccess. This very simple rule returns a 404 error when trying to access anything starting with “.git”. This removes access and effectively hides the fact that they even exist.
RedirectMatch 404 /\.git