[rancid] RANCID and gitweb - preventing the CVS repo path from showing

Aaron Wasserott Aaron.Wasserott at flexential.com
Tue Oct 2 00:04:01 UTC 2018

Upgraded my old RANCID software to the latest, and switched from CVS to git. I also installed gitweb as the WebUI interface for browsing RANCID files.

One minor annoyance I ran into was not only was every group folder being displayed (e.g, switches, routers, firewalls, etc) but the CVS path of each was displayed as well.

So the gitweb page would show something like this:


Makes the page quite cluttered when you have a ton of different groups. I am guessing it has to do with how RANCID originally would store CVS files, versus how git expects to handle them.

Here is an easy way I found to hide all of the CVS/* instances of those paths on gitweb:

Modify your gitweb configuration file (e.g, /etc/gitweb.conf) and add this line somewhere:

our $export_ok = "COMMIT_EDITMSG";

note: this doesn't prevent webui access to those other repos, if someone types in the full URL manually. It just cleans up the gitweb portal a bit.

That forces gitweb to only display repo paths that have that file present. Poking around I see only the actual configuration directory paths do, not the CVS variants.

If anyone knows of a better solution, or other steps one should take to more fully move away from CVS to git inside of RANCID, please let me know!

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