Set up Git

If your code is on your personal computer and you are trying to push it to this web server, you can use Git.

On the server

On the server, create 2 directories – one to store your project files, and another to serve as the Git remote:

mkdir oTree oTree.git

Create a git repo in oTree.git:

cd oTree.git
git init --bare

Using a text editor such as nano, emacs, vim, add the following to oTree.git/hooks/post-receive:

git checkout -f

This means that every time someone pushes to oTree.git, the code will be checked out to the other folder oTree. (This technique is further described here.)

Make sure that post-receive is executable:

chmod +x hooks/post-receive

On your PC

On your PC, open your shell, and make sure you have committed any changes as follows:

pip3 freeze > requirements_base.txt
git add .
git commit -am '[commit message]'

(If you get the message fatal: Not a git repository (or any of the parent directories): .git then you first need to initialize the git repo.)

Then add your server as a remote:

git remote add my-server my-username@XXX.XXX.XXX.XXX:oTree.git

Substitute these values in the above command: - my-username is the Linux login username - XXX.XXX.XXX.XXX is the server’s IP address or hostname - oTree.git is the folder with the empty git repo, - my-server is the name you choose to call your remote (e.g. when doing git push).

Then push to this remote:

$ git push my-server master