I was doing some development on an Amazon default EC2 instance and wanted to commit some changes back to a repository using `git commit -p`, flag ‘-p’ not recognised, boo!
Turns out the default version of GIT that comes with the EC2 instances is 1.7.4.X. I’m not sure (and can’t easily find) what version the patch feature was added to `git commit`, but I have an install of 1.7.7.X available and it appears to be in there (update – git commit patch added in 1.7.6).
Anyway I had a quick look around the interwebs to find a repo/rpm for a newer version of GIT so I could make my patch commit. I eventually discovered that version 188.8.131.52 is sitting in the ‘amzn-preview‘ repository which is sitting on the box already. In order to upgrade GIT therefore you simply do:
sudo yum install --enablerepo=amzn-preview git
This will get you a more recent version, and the very useful patch feature.
As of this evening it is now possible to have Github post to a buddycloud channel when a push is made to a repository. This allows you to get (amost) real-time repository change information in your buddycloud channels.
I’ve talked about work I’ve done with buddycloud before, but briefly buddycloud is an exciting new federated social network built upon open-source and open-standards. The buddycloud team has recently come back from San Francisco where they were involved with Mozilla’s WebFWD programme getting some great mentoring and guidance from luminaries in their fields. I don’t think I need to really introduce github, they are awesome too :)
If you’re not aware of them github has a set of service hooks that as a repository owner/admin you can utilise in order to push event information (be it commits, pushes, pull requests, branching, etc) to a 3rd party service. There’s a whole set of these services that you can already push to from Jenkins CI right through to Yammer, and now buddycloud!
If you have a service that you’d like to push event information to then github make the code available. All you have to do is fork the service-services repository, knock up some ruby code and submit a pull request. Once it’s been accepted you can then setup github to push information to your favourite information system each time something happens to your repository.
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