Replacing gitweb

Okay, I tried using gitweb to make my git repositories available via simple HTTP, unfortunately, I think it does not really do what I need it to. For this reason, having had a dummy day today, after working the morning on the course text, I spent the afternoon and the evening working on a gitweb replacement. Actually just the first part of the afternoon as I had a support call to take care at about 1500.

Anyway, after some hours of work (and a few before to decide how to handle it), I’ve got my own web-based git repository browser. It’s not yet complete of course, as I didn’t implement any history support yet, but at least I can point directly to single files without strange handlings :P

It won’t be available on production for a few days yet, but if you want to take a look to the current code, of course in Ruby, you can find it in a git repository ;)

The name has the literal meaning in Italian of “little trip” (although in some dialects it has different meanings… a silly name, but in topic with git’s silly name ;)).

There are really few features right now, no history, no way to browse non-HEAD tree, no diffs, no ordering. Most of it was easy to hack up, I just need more time to improve it. I actually already fixed one bug of gitweb, the binary files are sent as plain text by gitweb, instead they are bypassed by gitarella.

Maybe gitarella would be the “second choice” like ViewCVS is to cvsweb and so on, who knows? ;)

But I have to admit that writing it in Ruby is proving interesting and a good experience for myself, although it requires both filemagic and liquid – the latter not even in portage, but it’s on my overlay for now.

Talking about that, I also created the new git repository for my overlay. It might not be always available as the router is really driving me crazy, also because I can only find crappy D-Links in the stores where I usually buy my stuff, and I would get high shipping costs to get it via mail, plus no direct contact with the people who are selling it to me :/

Suggestions are welcome.

It’s 2:25am, I might go to sleep now.

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