[Pharo-users] Pharo + git workflow

Norbert Hartl norbert at hartl.name
Mon Jan 25 15:17:40 EST 2016

Hi Thierry,

> Am 25.01.2016 um 20:45 schrieb Thierry Goubier <thierry.goubier at gmail.com>:
> Hi Norbert,
> Le 25/01/2016 20:01, Norbert Hartl a écrit :
>>> Am 25.01.2016 um 18:09 schrieb Norbert Hartl <norbert at hartl.name>:
>>> I'm eager to try a new project with some git repositories. But to
>>> be honest I don't really get it. Searching the web there is lots to
>>> find but nothing actual.
>>> I don't understand if it is ok to use a ConfigurationOf or if it
>>> only works with a BaselineOf. And how do you specify the repository
>>> in a ConfigurationOf in order to be able to work locally as well as
>>> having jenkins pull everything automatically? Same goes for
>>> dependent projects.
>>> Are there any insights to this or pointers to an up-to-date
>>> documentation?
>> My own insights so far when using git:
>> - I need to use BaselineOf instead of ConfigurationOf. Thus you
>> cannot use Versionner anymore
> You can use ConfigurationOf. BaselineOf is only there to help.
Ok, good to know.

>> - I need to load metacello-work from github in order to use
>> bitbucket:// repositories
> This should be an issue for Pharo.
>> - Metacello downloads a zip file from the repository to install code.
>> I have no glue how I can download things locally in order to work on
>> the code
> Metacello github:// and bitbucket:// urls are only for read-only access
> to the packages (distribution).
> Metacello install the contents of the zip into a path composed of
> github-cache (or bitbucket-cache I guess), the repository name, person
> name, commit id or version as a filetree repository. You can add that
> repository as a filetree repository inside Monticello if you want. But
> it is read-only.
That is ok if you produce a deployment artefact, e.g. with jenkins. But there is either a bitbucket:// _or_ a gitfiletree:// url in the baseline.

> Download locally is done by either a git clone on the command line or by
> a GitFileTree remote repository addition.
>> - Specifying a path to access a sub-directory of the repository seems
>> not to be possible
> It is: url format is
> [github|gitfiletree|bitbucket]://.../repo:commit/sub-directory.

It works without sub-directory. With it throws an error

'Git error: Cloning into ''st''...
conq: invalid command syntax.
fatal: Could not read from remote repository.

Please make sure you have the correct access rights
and the repository exists.

> It is also allways possible to reopen a filetree or a gitfiletree repo
> on a sub-directory of the main repository... this is how FileTree itself
> is tested for integration.
>> - I don't know where to specify credentials because I have a private
>> repo on bitbucket
> If you have a ssh key, then GitFileTree will pick it up for you.
Yes, that is my preferred way, too. 

>> My conclusion is that if you don't want to use versionner and you
>> have public projects on github using that stuff might seem feasible.
>> If any of those is different it won't work. Right?
> No, it works and has been working for git access to private repositories, bitbucket included, for years... at least on Linux ;)
Ok, thanks, if the sub-directory stuff would work it would be ok to jump in. Maybe there is a way to tweak the url in the baseline. It would remove the need to install gitfiletree in a deployment artefact. We'll see.

Thanks again,


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