Just a quick guide to setting up Git with deployments on a shared hosting account. If your host allows you to use git on the server and you have SSH access, then this should be relatively straight-forward.
Assuming you have Git installed, simply
git init in the directory you want to start version controlling on your local machine. After that, and if this is your initial commit and you have files, run
git add and
git commit -m "Initial commit" to get started.
SSH into your hosting environment and depending on its setup you may need to do a few things. With my hosting I needed to modify my .bashrc file to set up the proper pathing for my git install. Your mileage may vary here:
Now, I also faced an issue where I wasn’t able to push to my non-bare server. I have a few other sites on files that I’m not version controlling, so I needed to run the following in my root directory where git lives:
git config receive.denyCurrentBranch ignore
git init in the directory you want to start version controlling and add this as a remote on your local machine.
I have not yet had any issues with setting this config, but there are very likely better ways to do this. I need to do more research here, but it’s working for now.
Now, back on your local environment you can run
git remote add origin and finally
git push -u origin master.
If you’ve followed up to this point, you should able to utilize your hosting environment as a git repo. However, this is likely not exactly what you wanted – you probably also want your master branch to deploy the code you push to it, so it gets pushed live when you commit. There’s one more step to get this working. Back on your hosting environment, in your root git repo, you’ll want to create a file .git/hooks/post-receive. In that file, you can paste the following code:
# Save this in: PATH_TO_REPO/.git/hooks/post-receive
GIT_WORK_TREE=../ git checkout -f
Finally run the following to make it executable:
chmod +x .git/hooks/post-receive