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relay commits to KGB servers


kgb-client --conf /path/to/config [other-option ...]

kgb-client --uri http://some.server:port/service --password password --repo-id repository --repository svn|git|cvs --timeout timeout-in-seconds --single-line-commits off|forced|auto --use-irc-notices --web-link template --short-url-service service --status-dir directory --[no]-use-color --message-template template --batch-messages --dry-run

kgb-client option... /svn/repo revision

kgb-client option... old-rev new-rev ref-name

kgb-client option... $CVSROOT "%p"

kgb-client option... --fake

kgb-client option... --relay-msg message...

kgb-client --help

kgb-client --man


kgb-client is the client counterpart of kgb-bot(1). It is intended to be used as a hook in your version control system, executed after the repository gets updated. It analyzes the commit(s) and then relays the information to the KGB server, which will show it on IRC.


--conf configuration file

Specifies the path to kgb-client configuration file.

Configuration options (except --conf, --fake and --relay-msg) may be specified both in the configuration file and on the command line. Usually you want to have all the options in a configuration file, because having passwords on the command line is insecure. The configuration file also gives more control, for example it supports multiple servers and multiple ways of detection of branch and module names.

See kgb-client.conf(5) for available configuration options. Unless noted otherwise, all the options in the configuration file can also be used on command line, prefixing them with two dashes. E.g. repo-id becomes --repo-id.

Options given on the command line take precedence over configuration file.

Fake Commit Mode

If invoked with the --fake option, kgb-client will send a fake commit to the servers. This is useful for testing client-server communication independently from VCS setup.

Message Relay Mode

When the --relay-msg option is given, there is no repository to be inspected. Instead, the non-option command line arguments are passed verbatim to the bot to display on IRC. This can be used for real-time notification about other events like bug submissions etc.

Supported Version Control Systems


Installation requires calling kgb-client with two command line arguments, like this:

    /path/to/kgb-client "$REPOS" "$REV"
path to the subversion repository

This is the physical path to the Subversion repository. Something like /srv/svn/my-repo


This is the revision number of the commit, that has triggered the hook.

Both these arguments are supplied to the standard Subversion post-commit hooks.


kgb-client shall be installed as a post-receive hook. Something along the following shall do:

    exec /path/to/kgb-client --conf /path/to.conf ...

By default, kgb-client will read the reflog information from standard input as any standard Git post-receive hook. See --git-reflog option if something else is wanted.

There are other ways to give kgb-client information about Git reflog, mostly useful when debugging on in unusual situations. See App::KGB::Client::Git.

The following settings can be configured via git-config(1):




kgb-client shall be installed in the loginfo file in the CVSROOT module of the CVS repository. It shall be given two arguments -- the repository root, and the directory in which the changes are being made.

For example:

    ALL /path/to/kgb-client --conf /path/to.conf ... "$CVSROOT" "%p"

See Also






Referenced By

kgb-ci-report(1), kgb-client.conf(5), kgb.conf(5).

2023-01-19 perl v5.36.0 User Contributed Perl Documentation