Can I get detailed Cgit logs?

John Keeping john at
Tue Feb 25 20:25:03 CET 2014

On Tue, Feb 25, 2014 at 12:40:40PM -0600, Nolan Darilek wrote:
> On 02/25/2014 12:08 PM, John Keeping wrote:
> > How is CGit able to see the repositories? Unlike Jenkins, CGit does 
> > not speak any of the Git protocols, it expects to see repositories in 
> > the file system. Are you Docker containers sharing an underlying 
> > filesystem, or do you have some external job that is cloning the 
> > repositories for CGit? 
> Sharing an underlying filesystem, yes. Git repositories are in a
> volume shared by Gitolite and Cgit.
> >> Is there any way to get detailed error logs? I don't see any in my
> >> Apache logs, which could mean a misconfiguration on that end. But having
> >> access to some sort of detailed error log would be very helpful in
> >> debugging this.
> > 
> > Since CGit is a CGI program, you can just run it and see what happens.
> > You may want to export PATH_INFO=/ before doing so to make sure it
> > generates the index.
> OK, new complicating factor. If I spin up a container that I can 
> interact with (I.e. running a shell) then running cgit.cgi directly 
> shows my repositories. If I spin up a non-interactive container (I.e. 
> running in the background) then I see no repositories. The only 
> difference between these environments should be the lack of an attached 
> stdin/stdout.

Is there any chance that the CGIT_CONFIG environment variable is defined
differently for the two invocations?  If it is not defined then CGit
will default to a built-in location (by default /etc/cgitrc).

> So is there any way to redirect CGI errors to the Apache error log? I 
> have the following in my configuration:
>    LogLevel info
>    CustomLog |cat combined
> My assumption is that this will redirect all relevant logs to stdout so 
> they are visible in the "docker logs" command. But I only see server 
> accesses, no CGI errors.

I have never tried using a CustomLog like that, but with a default
logging setup I do see CGit errors in /var/log/apache2/error_log.

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