lost admin key/access
If you lost your gitolite admin key or access, here’s what you do. We’ll assume your username is “alice” (i.e., alice has RW or RW+ permissions on the gitolite-admin repo).
- Make yourself a new keypair and copy the public key to the server as ‘alice.pub’.
- Log on to the server, and run
gitolite setup -pk alice.pub.
That’s it; the new alice.pub file replaces whatever existed in the repo before.
You may have lost access because of a conf file error, in which case the above trick (which merely changes a pubkey) won’t help. What you want is to make changes to the gitolite-admin repo (or perhaps just rewind) and push that. Here’s how to do that:
- Log on to the server.
- Clone the admin repo using the full path:
git clone $HOME/repositories/gitolite-admin.git temp.
- Make whatever changes you want — add/replace a key, ‘git revert’ or ‘git reset –hard’ to an older commit, etc. Anything you need to fix the problem, really.
gitolite push(or possibly
gitolite push -f). Note that’s ‘gitolite push’, not ‘git push’.
NOTE: gitolite does no access checking when you do this!