A friend of mine asked me for help with deploying a git repo to their web server, this post explains my solution.
I didn’t want to spend too much time playing with services like https://codeship.com/ As they had ssh access to the server, and git installed - I figured a script would be the easiest way to go.
I’ve used python fabric for ci deploys before, but that seemed a tad excessive so I decided to use a bash script.
First, authenticate git by following the instructions here: https://help.github.com/articles/generating-ssh-keys/
Then make a note of directories
Git repo structure:
Location of existing web root: ~/public_html
Aim of the script
- Clone git repo to folder
- create a symbolic link to the public_html directory in the git repo from the web root
I figured version control would be useful too – every time we clone, we want to it to a timestamp directory. We could use git releases here and checkout the corresponding tags, but that was out of scope for this task.
Bash didn’t know what the command ‘git’ was. This is fixed by adding to the path variable. Which git or type –p git should give you the location.
The authentication to git was reset, so I added
A note on permissions
Web servers should have 755 on folders and 644 on directories, this is easily fixed with chmod and find.
A note on symbolic links
If you’re hosting provider doesn’t like symbolic links, then use the following instead
The Resulting Script
We’re all set to run
Done - in about 10 minutes too.