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Git source control

We use various git hosting solutions for CentOS, depending on the need[s] :

Let's only focus on the first one, that infra team needs to manage/maintain and let's explain also what it's used for, and which specific permissions/delegations we have for Special Interest Groups.


The first thing to know is that it's all managed/deployed by Ansible pagure role

Due to experience within the team, we decided to use MySQL DB instead of postgresql, and also to reuse existing roles for these other parts.

Initial purposes

It's mainly used for :

  • centos specific projects (like website, etc), all in the /centos/ namespace
  • RPM packages sources from RHEL, pushed by Red Hat, and then built by the CentOS team, all landing in the /rpms/ namespace


Our pagure instance is tied with our existing Authentication service so one needs to first have a account there to interact with the pagure instance (except of course for Read-Only operations like cloning a repository, etc)

When a user is added in a SIG group , and logs in again, its membership will be reflected at the pagure/git.centos.org side.

Their ssh public key is imported into their account (normal for a git forge solution).

Protected branches and ACLs

By default, nobody (except specific Red Hat privileged account) can push to master branch on any project under /rpms/ namespace, nor any other protected branches, like c7, c8, c8s and so one (based on regex). All these protected branched represent what Red Hat is pushing, and that should represent upstream RHEL Sources.

Apart from protected branches, member of SIGs can push automatically (the logic is checked automatically by pagure-dist-git to some 'sub' branches.

Example : a member of the sig-cloud can automatically push to the c8-sig-cloud-<whatever_if_I_want_to> branch of any rpm in the /rpms/ namespace, but never to the main c8 branch (and repeat the logic by swapping distro release and sig group/name)

Lookaside cache upload

People can also push to the lookaside cache the needed tarballs/archives that can be used to rebuild/compose a src.rpm package before being submitted to the build system (to build and release rpm packages)

Same logic as above : specific priviledged Red Hat account can push all needed tarballs/archives to the lookaside cache in all directories.

A SIG member can push to specific branch that correspond to the logic described above for git : from our previous example, that means pushing to c8-sig-cloud-<whatever_if_I_want_to>

Creating projects in RPMS namespace

Normally Red Hat will create automatically (through pagure API calls) some projects in the /rpms/ namespace and so (see above) SIGs can then push to these projects.

But sometimes, SIGs want new project[s] under the /rpms/ namespace, if they don't exist (yet) on git.centos.org.

To create a new project, you'll need to call pagure API through a simple and interactive or batch script and you'll also need to create config file with the pagure API token for the centosrcm user. (you can always retrieve that api key through pagure-admin admin-token list on the pagure host)

Assuming that we are given a list, we can create a simple file and create projects like this :

cat kmod-list |while read project ; do pagure-batch-create-repo $project "the $project repo" rpms prod;done