I want to be able to push a repository to Github at midnight, every night. I know that Github isn't a back-up service, and, in no way am I expecting it to be this - I just want the best up-to-date version on Github and this works for me, and, my team. What I was thinking is this:

  • Creating a Bash script that pushes the repository to Github normally

  • In Crontab, execute the script at midnight every day of the week.

Would this be the best method to use? If so, this seems easy enough to do.

My next problem :) I want an email to be sent to me, after the repository has been pushed, so it would just send an email saying: "Repository Pushed.. Ok" or if there was a problem, it would alert me to this. Is this possible? If so, could anyone please provide some examples of how to do this.

Hope someone can help :)


As the links described as harish.venkat

Create a script /path_to_script, which would add new file, commit and push.

cd /location/of/clone

git add *
if [[ $? != 0 ]] then 
   mail -s "add failed" someone@some.com
   exit 1

git commit -a -m "commit message, to avoid being prompted interactively"
if [[ $? != 0 ]] then 
   mail -s "commit failed" someone@some.com
   exit 1

git push
if [[ $? != 0 ]] then 
   mail -s "push failed" someone@some.com
   exit 1

mail -s "push ok" someone@some.com

Change the script to executable,

chmod a+x /path_to_script

Use crontab -e and add below line

 # run every night at 03:00
 0 3 * * * /path_to_script
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  • Thank you so much! This is actually what I need. Is it possible to have multiple .git repositories updated? E.g. if I had a folder called "Repositories" on the server which contained multiple .git repositories update everynight? If that makes sense.. – Phorce Jan 16 '13 at 12:01
  • Why not? You can setup anther scripte with updated /location/of/clone. – neo Jan 16 '13 at 14:12
  • Does this imply that for each of the repositories I have to create a new script? – Phorce Jan 16 '13 at 14:15
  • If you are novice in shell scripting, it would be better to setup a new script. – neo Jan 16 '13 at 14:18

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