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I am having a problem managing git repositories user permissions on my local server.
Is there a way to manage whom can access the repository and who can not?

Thank you

What I have tried:

I have tried by managing the folder permission and limit the access with that and it partially work. Which means that i can not get the repository with the command "git clone" but i can get the repository if i clone the repository from Visual Studio.
Updated 20-Nov-23 22:40pm

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I had a similar issue a while back and we made use of 'SSH keys' for authentication -

1) Make sure that each of your users has a 'SSH key pair'. You can generate one with 'ssh-keygen' if they don't have it, many samples to be found at - using ssh-keygen[^]

To collect each user's public key '~/.ssh/ or similar)'

2) On your server, go to your Git repository's directory, inside the repository, create a folder named 'hooks' if it does not exist.

3)Inside your hooks folder, create a file named 'pre-receive' with no file extension at naming at all.
Add the following script to the 'pre-receive' file -
while read oldrev newrev refname
    if [ "$refname" == "refs/heads/master" ]; then
        # Add your access control logic here...
        # Maybe as an example, allow only specific SSH keys which was created by you...
        git rev-list $oldrev..$newrev | xargs -I {} ssh-keyscan -t rsa {} >> $authorized_keys

Now make the script executable -
chmod +x pre-receive

4) Create a file to store authorized keys e.g., '/path/to/authorized_keys_file'. Add your public keys of users who should have access, one per line.

5) Make sure that the pre-receive script and the authorized keys file are accessible and have the right permissions.

6) To test your set-up, try to clone your repository using git clone over SSH. Users without authorized keys should not be able to push.
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