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Deploying With Git

I have the misfortune to work on a number of PHP based web applications at work. Previously, the deployment process involved determining which files had changed since the last release and copying them across to the server. Needless to say, this was an error-prone and inefficient way of deploying updates.

Gitobots, Roll Out We use Git for our version control and, with Heroku's push to deploy in mind, I looked further into the possibilities of using Git for our deployment process. Abhijit Menon-Sen's article details the process very well. With a few slight variations, these are the steps I follow to deploy changes via Git.

Prime Remote On the remote server for your application (e.g. production, staging or test), create a new, bare Git repository for your codebase:

cd /cygdrive/c/repo mkdir project.git cd project.git git --bare init Hooks As this bare repository does not contain a working tree (the actual source), a Git hook is used to checkout the code to a specific location. Gi…