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git-daemon - A really simple server for git repositories.
'git-daemon' [--verbose] [--syslog] [--inetd | --port=n] [--export-all]
[--timeout=n] [--init-timeout=n] [--strict-paths]
[--base-path=path] [directory...]
A really simple TCP git daemon that normally listens on port "DEFAULT_GIT_PORT"
aka 9418. It waits for a connection, and will just execute "git-upload-pack"
when it gets one.
It's careful in that there's a magic request-line that gives the command and
what directory to upload, and it verifies that the directory is ok.
It verifies that the directory has the magic file "git-daemon-export-ok", and
it will refuse to export any git directory that hasn't explicitly been marked
for export this way (unless the '--export-all' parameter is specified). If you
pass some directory paths as 'git-daemon' arguments, you can further restrict
the offers to a whitelist comprising of those.
This is ideally suited for read-only updates, ie pulling from git repositories.
Match paths exactly (i.e. don't allow "/foo/repo" when the real path is
"/foo/repo.git" or "/foo/repo/.git") and don't do user-relative paths.
git-daemon will refuse to start when this option is enabled and no
whitelist is specified.
Remap all the path requests as relative to the given path.
This is sort of "GIT root" - if you run git-daemon with
'--base-path=/srv/git' on, then if you later try to pull
'git://', `git-daemon` will interpret the path
as '/srv/git/hello.git'. Home directories (the '~login' notation)
access is disabled.
Allow pulling from all directories that look like GIT repositories
(have the 'objects' and 'refs' subdirectories), even if they
do not have the 'git-daemon-export-ok' file.
Have the server run as an inetd service. Implies --syslog.
Listen on an alternative port.
Timeout between the moment the connection is established and the
client request is received (typically a rather low value, since
that should be basically immediate).
Timeout for specific client sub-requests. This includes the time
it takes for the server to process the sub-request and time spent
waiting for next client's request.
Log to syslog instead of stderr. Note that this option does not imply
--verbose, thus by default only error conditions will be logged.
Log details about the incoming connections and requested files.
A directory to add to the whitelist of allowed directories. Unless
--strict-paths is specified this will also include subdirectories
of each named directory.
Written by Linus Torvalds <>, YOSHIFUJI Hideaki
<> and the git-list <>
Documentation by Junio C Hamano and the git-list <>.
Part of the gitlink:git[7] suite