At my job we use git for version control, and I wanted to do a few things whenever we pushed changes to the main tree. It took me a little bit of effort to figure out how it works, and below are my notes.
post-receive hook is called when the repository receives changes. Let’s assume I have a git repository on my development machine that is a clone of a public git repository on a server. Then, when I run
git push in my local repository in order to push my commits to the public repository, the
post-receive hook is called on the public repository on the server.
On Debian-based systems there is an example email notification post-receive hook in
/usr/share/doc/git-core/contrib/hooks/post-receive-email. It’s also available online from the git repo on github in the
In the repository that will be receiving commits (the public repository on the server, in the example above), first we need to make the
post-receive hook executable:
$ cd /path/to/git/repo/.git/hooks $ chmod +x post-receive
Then we need to call the
post-receive-email script from inside this
post-receive hook. Open
.git/hooks/post-receive with your favorite editor and make sure this line exists:
Notice we’re not executing the
post-receive-email script, we’re sourcing it.
Next, we need to tell git where to send the email to. The
hooks.mailinglist property controls this:
$ cd /path/to/git/repo $ git config hooks.mailinglist "email@example.com"
At this stage emails will be sent each time changes are pushed to the public git repository containing a summary of the new changes.
By default, emails refer to the project as “UNNAMED PROJECT”. To change this, edit
For further customization options, look inside
post-receive-email. For example:
$ cd /path/to/git/repo # envelopesender? see `man sendmail` for the -f switch $ git config hooks.envelopesender "firstname.lastname@example.org" $ git config hooks.emailprefix "[MY PREFIX] " # note the trailing space
Kicking Off a Buildbot Build
You may also want to have Buildbot start a build from the
post-receive hook. Like the email script, the Buildbot git script expects revision hashes on standard input. The
post-receive script then needs to be modified a little to pass the hashes it receives via standard input to all the scripts it invokes. Here’s a new copy of
while read oldrev newrev refname do echo $oldrev $newrev $refname | /bin/sh /path/to/post-receive-email echo $oldrev $newrev $refname | /usr/bin/python /path/to/git_buildbot.py done
This script first reads
refname from standard input, then pipes those values into
git_buildbot.py. We loop until there is no more input, presumably because another push may happen while we’re executing.