Git.alt reference

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How to use

git.alt provides the following kinds of access to the repositories:

  • SSH. Special commands are provided: repos search, cloning, creation, deletion, build invocation and control, and some auxiliary ones.
  • ssh:, git:, http: provide immediate access to repositories. With git: and http: you can only do read-only operations, ssh: gives read-write access.
  • Web interface. It is located here: and provides repos navigation and gitweb for each individual repo.

SSH access to git.alt is only granted to persons who joined ALT Linux Team.

SSH access

You can use git.alt via SSH at The login name is your ALT Linux Team username with _ (underscores) instead of - (hyphens), if there are any.

Here is an example of an entry in your ~/.ssh/config file:

Host git.alt
  Port 222
  User git_USERNAME

If your are behind a proxy, most ports are blocked etc., you can also access SSH with the address

The list of available commands is displayed, when you login to SSH without commands or with help command:

$ ssh git.alt help
Available commands:
git-receive-pack <directory>
git-upload-pack <directory>
charset <path to git repository> [<charset>]
clone <path to git repository> [<path to directory>]
find-package <pattern>
init-db <path to directory>
ls [<path to directory>]
mv-db <path to source directory> <path to destination directory>
rm-db <path to git repository>
task {list|new|show|drop|add|run} ...
build <path to gear repository> <tag name> [<binary package repository name>] [<project name>]

In all commands, the .git suffix for repositories is optional and may be omitted; but in the output of commands this suffix is always appended.


$ ssh git.alt ls [<directory>]

Similar to UNIX ls, this command lets you see contents of directories at git.alt:

$ ssh git.alt ls /people/dottedmag/public
total 24
drwxr-sr-x 5 4096 Jun 13 10:22 bugzilla-repo-sync.git
drwxr-sr-x 5 4096 Jul  7 18:03 wackoconvert.git

The command issued without parameters displays the contents of /people/$USERNAME:

$ ssh git.alt ls
total 16
drwxr-s---  5 4096 May 30 21:27 etc
drwxr-sr-x 14 4096 Aug 13 23:53 packages
drwxr-s--x  2 4096 Feb 13  2007 private
drwxr-sr-x  8 4096 Aug 13 23:57 public

The same directory is used as a base for relative paths:

$ ssh git.alt ls public
total 24
drwxr-sr-x 5 4096 Jun 13 10:22 bugzilla-repo-sync.git
drwxr-sr-x 5 4096 Jul  7 18:03 wackoconvert.git


$ ssh git.alt find-package <pattern>

This command searches repositories with names matching <pattern>. The only wildcard character allowed in <pattern> is * (asterisk). It is assumed that all public gear-repos are located in packages directories of each user, so repos are only searched in these directories.

$ ssh git.alt find-package glibc*
/people/avm/packages/glibc.git	1216320095
/people/peet/packages/glibc-kernheaders.git	1177084354
/people/mike/packages/glibc-kvercheck.git	1160664813
$ ssh git.alt find-package glibc
/people/avm/packages/glibc.git	1216320095
/people/peet/packages/glibc.git	1177084600

The second column in find-package output is a unixtime of the last repo update.