ERROR:gitosis.serve.main:Repository read access denied

[ I write this for I found the solution applied to my case at the 3rd link of the 2nd page of my Google search. I had never gone beyond the first page for years. ]

So there was this gitosis repository that lived on an Ubuntu server that had to move to a CentOS one.

Thankfully EPEL still carries gitosis and I did not built it from the source. I copied over the files and was done with it.

That is until I needed to change access to one of the repositories to add a user. Said user was denied any kind of access with:

ERROR:gitosis.serve.main:Repository read access denied

There are plenty of reasons for this occur (examples), but none seemed to fit in my case, so I brute forced the search results. And at the first comment that was posted on the third link at the second page Google came up with, the solution was found.

# cd ~gitosis/repositories/gitosis-admin.git/hooks/
# ls -l
total 48
-rwxr-xr-x 1 gitosis gitosis  452 Sep 11  2011 applypatch-msg.sample
-rwxr-xr-x 1 gitosis gitosis  896 Sep 11  2011 commit-msg.sample
-rwxr-xr-x 1 gitosis gitosis  160 Sep 11  2011 post-commit.sample
-rwxr-xr-x 1 gitosis gitosis  552 Sep 11  2011 post-receive.sample
lrwxrwxrwx 1 gitosis gitosis   61 Dec 21 09:53 post-update -> /usr/share/pyshared/gitosis/templates/admin/hooks/post-update
-rwxr-xr-x 1 gitosis gitosis  189 Sep 11  2011 post-update.sample
-rwxr-xr-x 1 gitosis gitosis  398 Sep 11  2011 pre-applypatch.sample
-rwxr-xr-x 1 gitosis gitosis 1578 Sep 11  2011 pre-commit.sample
-rwxr-xr-x 1 gitosis gitosis 4971 Sep 11  2011 pre-rebase.sample
-rwxr-xr-x 1 gitosis gitosis 1239 Sep 11  2011 prepare-commit-msg.sample
-rwxr-xr-x 1 gitosis gitosis 3611 Sep 11  2011 update.sample

Yeah, you’ve guessed it by now:


did not exist on CentOS but


did. Fixing the symbolic link fixed the problem.

/* Oh what fun it is to chase bugs into the night */

4 thoughts on “ERROR:gitosis.serve.main:Repository read access denied

      1. Τόσο εντοπισμένες αναζητήσεις! Ωραίος. Ρωτάω γιατί το 10, κττμγ, είναι απολίθωμα του dialup και μόνο ειδικοί SEO το περνάνε σε κορόιδα.

        1. Φαντάζομαι πως έχει να κάνει και με το ψάχνω και με το digital footprint που έχω στο Google.

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