Install Git and Atlassian Stash (backed by PostgreSQL) on Ubuntu 12.04 and import an SVN repo without the normal branch format (i.e. just versioned files, no branch tags etc).

Setup machine

  • Install a new linux box - Ubuntu Server 12.04.3 LTS and select OpenSSH server component during install to enable remote access
  • Install XenServer tools - load ISO in XenCenter, then mount it and install the software:
mkdir /mnt/xs-tools  
mount /dev/xvdd /mnt/xs-tools  
  • Reboot, then update the system packages:
sudo apt-get -y update && sudo apt-get -y upgrade

Install a new version of Git

  • Add a remote PPA since 12.04.3 current only ships with an older version of Git (

Enable add-apt-repository for Ubuntu >= 12.10

sudo apt-get install software-properties-common

Enable add-apt-repository for Ubuntu <= 12.04

sudo apt-get install python-software-properties
  • Add the Git PPA
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:git-core/ppa  
sudo apt-get update  
sudo apt-get install git

Install Java 7 (Stash pre-requisite)

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:webupd8team/java  
sudo apt-get-update  
sudo apt-get install oracle-java7-installer  
# set this version as default (java -version)  
sudo apt-get install oracle-java7-set-default

Install PostgresSQL (Stash external database)

sudo apt-get install postgresql  
sudo vim /etc/postgresql/9.1/main/postgresql.conf

Uncomment the following line so server listens for local connections

listen_addresses = 'localhost'
  • If access needed remotely above should be set to ‘*’ and then modify pg_hba.conf to allow external connections
vim /etc/postgresql/9.1/main/pg_hba.conf  
# allow all hosts on this subnet to access the DB  
host all all x.x.x.x/x md5

where x.x.x.x/x is your network range and subnet mask.

  • Create PostgreSQL user
sudo -u postgres psql postgres  
\password postgres  
# set password  
CREATE ROLE stashuser WITH LOGIN PASSWORD '<password>' VALID UNTIL 'infinity';  
# Quit  
sudo mkdir -p /var/stash/install  
sudo mkdir /var/stash/home
  • Secure stash home dir with separate user
adduser stashadmin  
cd /var/stash/install  
sudo wget http://www.atlassian.com/software/stash/downloads/binary/atlassian-stash-2.8.2.tar.gz  
sudo tar xvf atlassian-stash-2.8.2.tar.gz
  • Set stash home in setenv.sh to /var/stash/home.
sudo vim atlassian-stash-2.8.2/bin/setenv.sh  
sudo chown -R stashadmin /var/stash  
  • Navigate to the URL displayed and configure Stash.

Install svn2git

 sudo apt-get install git-core git-svn ruby rubygems
  • Once you have the necessary software your system, you can install svn2git through rubygems, which will add the svn2git command to your PATH.
sudo gem install svn2git  
svn2git https:/// --rootistrunk --authors ~/authors.txt --username  --verbose
  • Output doesn’t render properly on my machine - I have to accept the remote certificate once, then run the command again and and type the remote repo user’s password before I can actually see the prompt.
  • Wait for import to complete.
  • Create project and repo in Stash.
  • Follow on-screen instructions for configuring Git for the first time and pushing the converted repo to Stash (copied below).

Configure Git for the first time

git config --global user.name "Name"  
git config --global user.email "email@domain"

Push code to Git (Stash repository)

git init  
git add --all  
git commit -m "Initial Commit"  
git remote add origin http://<username>@<host>:7990/scm/<stash project>/<stash git repo>.git  
git push origin master