Using Git for Samba Development
The previous pages based on the git-svn mirror can be found at Using Git-SVN for Samba4 Development
Samba source code is now hosted in a shared git repository to which all existing Samba Team members are allow to push to. If you are a Team member and do not have an account on git.samba.org, please email the team list and let the appropriate people know.
This shared repository has the same work flow as was used when the SCM of choice was Subversion. In other words, you develop in your local tree and push to the repo although is not not necessary to push after every commit. This should be a familar work flow for those who have used svk.
The git source code is available from
The project home page is located at
You should probably familarize yourself with the Git tutorial at
The examples in the following sections are based off of the tools and syntax used by git v1.5.3 or later which is the recommended version for Samba. Either apt-get, yum, or make install the tools. See Git documentation for details on this part.
Basic Samba Git
The master git repository is located at git://git.samba.org/samba.git
There is also a GitWeb installation at http://gitweb.samba.org/
Step Zero is to set your name and email address for commits:
$ git config --global user.email Your.Email@domain.com $ git config --global user.name "Your Real Name"
Next, clone the repository:
$ git-clone git://git.samba.org/samba.git samba Initialized empty Git repository in /home/AD/gcarter/src/git/tmp/samba/.git/ remote: Generating pack... remote: Done counting 440544 objects. remote: Deltifying 440544 objects... remote: 100% (440544/440544) done Indexing 440544 objects... remote: Total 440544 (delta 340808), reused 436199 (delta 336480) 100% (440544/440544) done Resolving 340808 deltas... 100% (340808/340808) done $ cd samba
List local and remote branches:
$ git-branch * v3-2-stable
$ git-branch -r origin/HEAD origin/v2-2-stable origin/v2-2-test origin/v3-0-stable origin/v3-0-test origin/v3-2-stable origin/v3-2-test origin/v4-0-stable origin/v4-0-test
Listing tags matching release-3-0-3*
$ git-tag -l release-3-0-3* release-3-0-3 release-3-0-3pre1 release-3-0-3pre2 release-3-0-3rc1
Creating your own working branch from v3-2-test:
$ git-checkout -b my_branch origin/v3-2-test Branch my_branch set up to track remote branch refs/remotes/origin/v3-2-test. Switched to a new branch "my_branch"
Do your own local work:
$ mkdir git-test $ echo "hello" > git-test/README
View status of changes
$ git-status # On branch my_branch # Untracked files: # (use "git add <file>..." to include in what will be committed) # # git-test/ nothing added to commit but untracked files present (use "git add" to track)
Add our new file to the local branch index:
$ git add git-test $ git status # On branch my_branch # Changes to be committed: # (use "git reset HEAD <file>..." to unstage) # # new file: git-test/README #
$ git commit -m "Example file for HOWTO" Created commit ad9a1eb: Example file for HOWTO 1 files changed, 1 insertions(+), 0 deletions(-) create mode 100644 git-test/README
Do some more work and commit local changes....
Now fetch the remote branch history:
Merging remote branch changes:
$ git-merge origin/v3-2-test Already up-to-date.
Push the changes to the shared repository
$ git push ssh://git.samba.org/data/git/jerry/draft2/samba.git my_branch:v3-2-test updating 'refs/heads/v3-2-test' using 'refs/heads/my_branch' from f2252e041e075e19bf27e53ab3ed62f39bc8b3e2 to ad9a1eb599c125964ac3e198d3003841edb4c54e Generating pack... Done counting 5 objects. Result has 4 objects. Deltifying 4 objects... 100% (4/4) done Writing 4 objects... 100% (4/4) done Total 4 (delta 1), reused 0 (delta 0) refs/heads/v3-2-test: f2252e041e075e19bf27e53ab3ed62f39bc8b3e2 -> ad9a1eb599c125964ac3e198d3003841edb4c54e
Explanation of Branches
The simplest way to explain the existing shared branches is to associate them with the previous SVN ones.
- The *-unstable tags point to the matching SAMBA_X_X branch (e.g. SAMBA_3_2 or SAMBA_4_0) at the time of the migration. These are now tags an not branches so you cannot push to them. Instead, your local work should be done in a local branch and pushed when completed. There is no need to push works-in-progress any longer unless you require some specific testing by the buildfarm.
- The *-test branches correspond to the release series dev branch (e.g. SAMBA_3_2_0). Anyone may check into these branches.
- The *-stable branches are used for release purposes similar tothe SAMBA_X_X_RELEASE branches in SVN. These are under the control of the currentl release manager for a given release series.
Q. How do I revert a commit?
A. The git-reset command allows you to reset the HEAD of the branch to any given point in history. To go back one commit, run "git-reset HEAD^". This will keep your local changes and you can make any additional changes before re-commiting the new work. Also see the "git-commit --amend" command and the "git-reset" man page for other examples.
Q. Is there a shorthand for git-push <URL> <local_repo:remote_repo>?
A. Yes. You can define a [remote "upstream"] section in your local repos .git/config file.
$ git-config remote.origin.url ssh://git.samba.org/data/git/samba.git $ git-config remote.origin.push my_branch:v3-2-test $ cat .git/config ... [remote "origin"] url = ssh://git.samba.org/data/git/jerry/draft2/samba.git fetch = +refs/heads/*:refs/remotes/origin/* push = my_branch:v3-2-test [branch "my_branch"] remote = origin merge = refs/heads/v3-2-test
Q. How can I have access to the old CVS and SVN imported repositories via GIT without creating additional cloned repos?
A. You can add remote tracking repositories using git-remote:
$ git-remote add cvs git://git.samba.org/import/samba-cvsimport.git $ git-fetch cvs remote: Generating pack... remote: Done counting 7070 objects. Result has 5004 objects. remote: Deltifying 5004 objects... remote: 100% (5004/5004) done Indexing 5004 objects... remote: Total 5004 (delta 3836), reused 4098 (delta 3044) 100% (5004/5004) done Resolving 3836 deltas... 100% (3836/3836) done 461 objects were added to complete this thin pack. * refs/remotes/cvs/APPLIANCE_HEAD: storing branch 'APPLIANCE_HEAD' of git:// git.samba.org/import/samba-cvsimport commit: af0e201
You can then see the remote branches using "git-branch -r" and work with them in the same way you did for the "origin" branches obtained in the initial git-clone.