Well I have my server setup with SSL and all that good stuff. Most of the hassle was dealing with cgi support (which I haven't touched since before the year 2000) and your basic unix permissions, etc.

I still want to come up with a more convinient way of setting up new repositories, but that can wait. For now it's good enough to work with for awhile and see if I can switch over from &

Working on a blog post as well...

@jjg One nice thing about git and hg is that they are relatively easy to set up remote servers with ssh if all you want is replication. Does fossil support simple setups like that?

@cstanhope I think it does, but I didn't look into that because I wanted the web UI for the wiki, tickets, etc.

@jjg Yeah, that makes sense. That's the power of fossil anyway, so may as well use it.

@cstanhope For me those features are key to getting away from the proprietary "value-add" of Github, Gitlab, etc.

But yeah if I didn't need that Git+ssh remotes would be way easier.

@jjg You're reminding me why I got into fossil the first time. I only moved away from it as I wanted to practice using git. (I wasn't using git at my work at the time.) It's very strange to me that the ideas of fossil haven't been applied to git and hg. But perhaps the "value-add" services were "good enough".


I think for most of the world Github *is* Git (unfortunately). At least most of the developers I encounter IRL don't understand that there is a way to use Git outside of the Github website.

I wish had a "federated" mode that didn't use centralized servers. I think it might be easier with fossil because it already provides a "local mode" web UI, so you just need a background protocol to synchronize the repositories between collaborating hosts... 🤔

@jjg That's a good point about the confusion between git and Github. There's also a subset of developers that want everything to be on Github so they can fluff up their profile with all their activity. Anyway...

It really would be interesting to extend fossil in ways that allow synchronizing repositories without needing a centralized web presence.


@cstanhope fwiw it might already do it but I'm such a noob I overlooked it 😂

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