The easiest way to set up a Fossil server is to use either the
- fossil server REPOSITORY
- fossil ui REPOSITORY
The REPOSITORY argument is either the name of the repository file or a
directory containing many repositories named “
*.fossil”. Both of these
commands start a Fossil server, usually on TCP port 8080, though a
higher numbered port will be used instead if 8080 is already occupied.
You can access these using URLs of the form http://localhost:8080/,
or if REPOSITORY is a directory, URLs of the form
http://localhost:8080/repo/ where repo is the base name of
the repository file without the “
There are several key differences between “
ui” and “
ui” always binds the server to the loopback IP address (127.0.0.1) so that it cannot serve to other machines.
Anyone who visits this URL is treated as the all-powerful Setup user, which is why the first difference exists.
ui” launches a local web browser pointed at this URL.
You can omit the REPOSITORY argument if you run one of the above commands from within a Fossil checkout directory to serve that repository:
$ fossil ui # or... $ fossil server
You can abbreviate Fossil sub-commands as long as they are unambiguous.
server” can currently be as short as “
You can serve a directory containing multiple
*.fossil files like so:
$ fossil server --port 9000 --repolist /path/to/repo/dir
There is an example script in the Fossil
distribution that wraps
fossil server to produce more complicated
effects. Feel free to take it, study it, and modify it to suit your
See the online documentation for more information on the options and arguments you can give to these commands.