fossil in prison

Since my last post about how I do host fossil I have been asked write about the new setup I do have

The jail content

I have created a minimal jail:

$ find /usr/local/jails/fossil -print

/bin/sh is necessary to get the exec.start jail argument to work /var/tmp is necessary to get fossil to open his temporary files (I created it with 1777 credential) /data is a empty directory where the fossil files will be stored

Jail configuration

The configuration file is the following:

fossil {
	path = "/usr/local/jails/fossil";
	host.hostname = "fossil.etoilebsd.net";
	exec.start = "/bin/fossil server -P 8084 --localhost --files *.json,*.html,*.js,*.css,*.txt --notfound /index.html /data &";
	exec.system_jail_user = "true";
	exec.jail_user = "www";
	exec.consolelog = "/var/log/jails/fossil.log" ;

More about fossil itself

In /data I created an index.html which is an almost empty html with a bit of Javascript.

When loading the javascript will request a list.txt file.

This file contain the list of repositories I want to show publically (one per line).

For each of them the javascript will use the json interface of fossil (meaning your fossil has to be built with json) and gather the name and the description of the repo to print them on the index.

Starting/Stopping the service

2 simple command are necessary to manage the service:

Starting up:

# jail -c fossil


# jail -r fossil

The service is only listening on the localhost, it is up to you to create your reverse proxy, in my case I do use nginx with the following config:

server {
	server_name fossil.etoilebsd.net;
	listen       [::]:443 ssl;
	listen       443 ssl;
	ssl_certificate     ssl/fossil.crt;
	ssl_certificate_key ssl/fossil.key;

	location / {
		client_max_body_size 10M;
		proxy_buffering off;
		proxy_set_header HTTPS on;
		proxy_set_header   Host             $host;
		proxy_set_header   X-Real-IP        $remote_addr;
		proxy_set_header   X-Forwarded-For  $proxy_add_x_forwarded_for;


From git to fossil

I recently killed git.etoilebsd.net, while I still appreciate git, and will keep it for pkgng I was looking for a new solution to be able to share my other projects.

The main problem I have with hosting git, is that I need lot of third party tools, to have some kind of project management.

To display in a web browser my git projects, I was using cgit which does its job very well, and is simple to maintain: simple and clean configuration files, just a simple C cgi, all what I do like. But for those projects I was also needing 2 others things, a simple web page, if possible maintainable within the git repository itself which cgit can do and a ticket system (some users complained not being able to report bug/feature request).

I first tried to setup and install roundup, it is quite simple and does its job quite well, it can use sqlite, to avoid me running a useless database, it doesn't require too much dependencies so it was great but badly integrated with git (I don't want to spend time tunning too much the software I use)

I also had a look to all those forge available, like chiliproject or redmine, or the old but still good trac. While I did like trac, it requires too much dependencies for my small hostings needs. The two first are even worst in that area plus I find their url completely illogical to me.

The others available were using php or java and were most of them needing a mysql/postgresql database, I rejected them because I don't want any php or java software running on my small server, and I don't want any database constantly running on it either.

For a while now I am following the development of an alternative scm, named fossil, it is a small all-in-one project: scm, wiki, events, ticket contained in a single binary. It is really easy to use, requires nearly no administration, have all the modern features you can expect from a DVCS. And not that important for me but still good, it is BSD licensed.

To migrate from git to fossil it was really easy:

$ cd poudriere
$ git fast-export --all | fossil import --git poudriere.fossil

That is all, I know have a fully working poudriere.fossil.

To serve the fossil repositories on my server here is what I did:

Add an entry to /etc/services:

$ echo "fossil	8080/tcp" >> /etc/services
$ services_mkdb /etc/services

Add an entry to inetd:

$ echo fossil stream tcp nowait.1000 www /usr/local/bin/fossil /usr/local/bin/fossil http /data/fossil" >> /etc/inetd.conf
$ echo "inetd_enable=YES >> /etc/rc.conf
$ service inetd start

Add a simple virtual host to nginx:

server {
	server_name fossil.etoilebsd.net;
	listen 80;
	listen 443 ssl;
	location / {
		access_log /var/log/nginx/fossil.access.log main;
		proxy_redirect off;
		proxy_set_header Host $host;
		proxy_set_header X-Real-IP $remote_addr;
		proxy_set_header X-Forwarded-For $proxy_add_x_forwarded_for;

That's all now, your fossil repositories are served properly, you can now access them from the fossil cli using both ssh or http (I only serve http for now in my case)

My fossil repositories are:

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