A Review of Soft Server
Soft Serve is a git server for the command line. You can see the maintainers’ version here, with ssh:
It looks like this:
Soft Serve • Repositories About ┃ Bubble Tea Updated 31 minutes ago ┃ A powerful little TUI framework [mirror] ┃ git clone firstname.lastname@example.org:bubbletea.git Soft Serve Updated 3 days ago A tasty, self-hostable Git server for the command line [mirror] git clone email@example.com:soft-serve.git
The setup takes no time, with very few steps - just give it a few variables in
/etc/soft, start the service, and start pushing.
Once you’ve given it your admin ssh keys, you can push repositories without setting them up beforehand. Just enter the repository, and do:
git remote add soft ssh -p $PORT_NO $DOMAIN git push soft master
Everything can be performed from the command line, so I managed to mirror a full gitea instance with a little bash script.
The underlying structure lets you see the inner workings very clearly.
The git cannot handle
git-lfs, although the devs have a
plan to add support
If you want automatic user sign-up, you’ll have to add it yourself. Of course, if you can access everyone’s ssh keys, it’s easy enough to add.
And of course, as this is cli-only, that’ll put some people off. That said, for most projects this might help with quality control.