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Thursday, December 21, 2023

Streamlining Collaboration: Setting Up a Password-Free Git Environment

In the world of software development, efficient and secure collaboration is key. One fundamental aspect of this is ensuring your Git master and client servers can communicate seamlessly and securely. This blog post will guide you through setting up a password-free connection between your Git master and client servers, establishing a smooth workflow for your development needs.


Before diving into the setup, ensure that both the Git master and client servers can connect to each other and have proper hostnames set. This initial step is crucial for a hassle-free process.

Step 1: Host Recognition

Start by making sure that the master and client recognize each other. This can be done by adding entries to the /etc/hosts file on both servers.

On the Master:

echo "x.x.x.x" >> /etc/hosts

On the Client:

echo "x.x.x.x" >> /etc/hosts

Replace "x.x.x.x" with the respective IP addresses.

Step 2: Setting the Hostname

Assign a hostname to each server to ensure they are identifiable within your network.

On the Master:


On the Client:


Step 3: Password-Free Connectivity

To facilitate a seamless connection, set up SSH keys to allow the master and client to communicate without requiring a password.

  • Use ssh-keygen to generate an SSH key pair.
  • Use ssh-copy-id to copy the public key to the other server.

Refer to detailed guides like Creating a Password-Free Connection for step-by-step instructions.

Step 4: Create a Dedicated Git User

For security purposes, create a dedicated 'git' user on both servers and conduct all operations under this user.

useradd -m git

Step 5: Setting Up the Git Repository

On the Master Server, create a directory for your Git projects:

mkdir /home/git/GIT-Projects

Inside this directory, create a project folder:

mkdir /home/git/GIT-Projects/proc1

Initialize the project directory as a bare Git repository:

cd /home/git/GIT-Projects/proc1 git init --bare

Client-Side Configuration

Now, move to the client side to set up your local repository:

  1. Create a local directory for your project:

    mkdir /home/git/prod1 cd /home/git/prod1
  2. Initialize the local directory as a Git repository:

    git init
  3. Prepare your files and make the initial commit:

    touch {1..2} git add * git commit -m "First Commit"
  4. Link your local repository to the master server:

    git remote add origin
  5. Push your changes to the master server:

    git push origin master

Branching Out

If you want to push to a different branch, you can do so easily:

git push -u origin master:anotherBranch


By following these steps, you've established a robust, secure, and efficient environment for Git collaboration. Your master and client servers can now communicate without passwords, streamlining your workflow and keeping your focus on development. Remember, a well-set-up environment is a precursor to productive, hassle-free development experiences. Happy coding!