git push does not update files on remote server

I have set up a git repository on my local machine and a bare repository on a linode box. When doing a git push there are no errors but I do not see the file on the remote server. The sequence of commands I followed was below:

On remote:

abhijat@kangaroo:~$ mkdir dev
abhijat@kangaroo:~$ cd dev && git init --bare

On local machine:

krypton:test abhijat$ git init
krypton:test abhijat$ vim
krypton:test abhijat$ git init
Initialized empty Git repository in /Users/abhijat/dev/test/.git/
krypton:test abhijat$ git add .
krypton:test abhijat$ git status
# On branch master
# Initial commit
# Changes to be committed:
#   (use "git rm --cached <file>..." to unstage)
#   new file:
krypton:test abhijat$ git commit -m 'test first commit'
[master (root-commit) 3bee148] test first commit
 1 files changed, 16 insertions(+), 0 deletions(-)
 create mode 100644
krypton:test abhijat$ git remote add origin abhijat@linode:~/dev
krypton:test abhijat$ git push -v origin master
Pushing to abhijat@linode:~/dev
Counting objects: 2, done.
Delta compression using up to 4 threads.
Compressing objects: 100% (2/2), done.
Writing objects: 100% (2/2), 298 bytes, done.
Total 2 (delta 1), reused 0 (delta 0)
To abhijat@linode:~/dev
   01a0e08..2273564  master -> master

But when I check on the linode the file is absent:

abhijat@kangaroo:~/dev$ ls -ltr
total 32
drwxr-xr-x  4 abhijat abhijat 4096 Sep  8 10:17 refs
drwxr-xr-x  2 abhijat abhijat 4096 Sep  8 10:17 info
drwxr-xr-x  2 abhijat abhijat 4096 Sep  8 10:17 hooks
-rw-r--r--  1 abhijat abhijat   73 Sep  8 10:17 description
drwxr-xr-x  2 abhijat abhijat 4096 Sep  8 10:17 branches
-rw-r--r--  1 abhijat abhijat   23 Sep  8 10:17 HEAD
-rw-r--r--  1 abhijat abhijat   66 Sep  8 10:57 config
drwxr-xr-x 12 abhijat abhijat 4096 Sep  8 11:03 objects
abhijat@kangaroo:~/dev$ find . -name

Am I missing something obvious here? The communication is via ssh and the keys are set up as expected, I can login without a password. However the file does not get copied to the remote server.



Git doesn't work that way on the server side. The files are highly compressed and grouped into chunks so you can't find a particular file.

To test your git server, create another clone in another directory and see if is there.

git clone abhijat@linode:~/dev dev2

If you want to both push to the repo and have the files update, you can create a server-side git hook to checkout the files after they've been pushed. In the server side git /hooks/ directory create a file named post-receive and add the following code:

git --work-tree=/var/www/ --git-dir=/var/repo/site.git checkout -f

Then give the file proper permissions using chmod +x post-receive

Note: the above code assumes your git directory and deployed files are in different directories. Update the file depending on how you want things configured.

More info & a detailed explanation here:

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