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Use Synchronet Git Repository
Synchronet uses Git for its Source Repository (as of August, 2020).
Updating an Install from CVS
So you previously installed Synchronet for *nix using the
install/GNUmakefile method, which resulted in “checking-out” the source files from CVS before building them and now you want to get the latest updates since the switch to Git.
- Follow the Clone instructions below, cloning into a sub-directory off of your Synchronet install directory (e.g.
- If you previously had any
src/sbbs3/localdefs.mk) you will want to copy or move those files into the corresponding location in the new
- Now go through your normal build steps (e.g. running
make symlinks) in the
RELEASE=1or whatever build options you're used to using. Once the build is complete, due to the
symlinkstarget, your executable binary files in
/sbbs/exec/should now be updated with the “latest and greatest” Synchronet development version.
- If you want the latest
ctrl/text.datchanges (you probably do) or the latest files from
webv4, you will need to either copy those files or symlink them to their equivalent in the
reposub-directories at this time. DO NOT copy or symlink over your other
ctrl/*files or you will lose important configuration settings. If you have any locally modified files in your
execdirectory, you'll want to move those to your
modsdirectory before overwriting them with upstream files.
It is highly recommended to clone the Synchronet Git Repository into a directory other than the directory you are/will-be using for your live Synchronet BBS. The following steps clone the repository into the directory
/sbbs/repo, so if your Synchronet directory tree was located at
/sbbs, then the repository would be cloned to a sub-directory (folder) named
repo. This will result in duplicates of several Synchronet directories, e.g.
etc., once the BBS is installed, configured, and operational.
To clone the repository to your local system (into a directory named
/sbbs/repo) using unauthenticated HTTPS:
$ git clone https://gitlab.synchro.net/main/sbbs /sbbs/repo
To clone the repository to your local system using SSH (your public key must be configured for your user account at
$ git clone email@example.com:main/sbbs /sbbs/repo
The Synchronet Source Repository is mirrored (e.g. for faster download/cloning) at:
master branch may occasionally not successfully build for your specific platform. If this happens, checking out the latest successful-nightly-build for your platform should resolve this issue. e.g. for Linux-x64:
$ git checkout dailybuild_linux-x64
If you wish to switch back to the
master branch a later point:
$ git checkout master
If you do not plan to make significant changes to the contents of the
text directories, you can make their later update more seamless (e.g. upon
git clone) by either:
- Setting SCFG->System->Advanced Options->Exec Directory to
../repo/exec/and Setting SCFG->Nodes->Node 1->Advanced Options->Text Directory to
- Or (on *nix-like systems) symlinking
sbbs/execand the same for
This approach is feasible even for sysops that make changes to files in
text by using a local branch (i.e. merging in upstream changes from the
master branch), but that setup should be pursued only by experienced Git users.
If you do decide to change your configured
exec directory, be sure to update your
SBBSEXEC environment variable to point to the correct location too.
Create and Checkout a Branch
If you're going to make any changes to any files in the repo, you should first create a local branch. To create a local branch and check it out (make it the current branch):
$ git checkout -b <your-awesome-branch-name>
Merge Upstream Changes into Your Branch
To download the latest changes from the Synchronet repository and integrate (merge) with your changed files, while your branch is checked-out (run
git status if you're unsure):
$ git pull $ git merge origin/master
Push Without Merge Commit
You attempt to push a set of commits and get the following error:
$ git push To gitlab.synchro.net:sbbs/sbbs.git ! [rejected] master -> master (non-fast-forward) error: failed to push some refs to 'firstname.lastname@example.org:sbbs/sbbs.git' hint: Updates were rejected because the tip of your current branch is behind hint: its remote counterpart. Integrate the remote changes (e.g. hint: 'git pull ...') before pushing again. hint: See the 'Note about fast-forwards' in 'git push --help' for details.
To avoid a 'merge commit'
$ git pull --rebase --autostash
Then push your changes.
To create a convenient alias for the
git pull –rebase usage above:
$ git config --global alias.up "pull --rebase --autostash"
Now you can just run
git up instead of
Push Without Password
If you're being prompted for your gitlab password when pushing changes to
gitlab.synchro.net, that's an indicator that you're using
https rather than
ssh (the default) for the Git communication protocol.
Make the following change to your
[remote "origin"] url = email@example.com:sbbs/sbbs
With that change, if your SSH public key is registered with your
gitlab.synchro.net user account,
git should automatically authenticate for
git pull fails with the message:
error: Your local changes to the following files would be overwritten by merge:
Whether you knowingly or intentionally modified any files, or Git just did it automatically (e.g. changing line-endings of text files), the suggested solution is to “Stash Local Changes”:
git diff -win the repo (show changes, ignoring white-space) and confirm that no file differences are shown. If file differences are shown, you can still proceed with these instructions.
git stashin the repo to push any changed (or presumed changed) files into your local git stash. If you wish, you can use
git stash showto display what changes are currently stashed.
git pullin the repo to merge any upstream changes into your local repo.
git stash popin the repo to re-apply the changes previously pushed to your local git stash. If there were in fact no local changes, this will actually do nothing but empty the local git stash. If there are “merge conflicts” when the stashed changes are reapplied, there will be
CONFLICTwarnings that you will need to address by editing the listed files.
git diffin the repo (show changes, including white-space) to confirm that either no changes or only your expected changes are shown.
Delete the Repo
Under normal circumstances, you should never need to delete your Synchronet source repository (the
sbbs/repo directory) and it is strongly advised that you do not:
- Most installations use symbolic links from the
sbbs/execdirectory to the build output directories of the
sbbs/repo. Deleting the repo would delete your working executable binary files.
- The repo is your copy of the working source code. Deleting the repo would delete your copy of your working source code.
git pullto update your
sbbs/repoto the latest and greatest source, if that's what you're trying to do.