Can it run on Glitch? That’s the question I ask myself every time I see someone mention a cool open source software project. A month or so I saw some discussion of Gogs, a self-hosted git service. It's basically a DIY version of GitLab, Bitbucket, or Github.
The catch? Gogs runs in Go. While Glitch can support almost any language, most of our features are tailored for Node.js. So I was really curious if I could get it to run. We have a couple of sample Go projects like go-example and go-glitch-sample. To make a Glitch app use Go, you put in a special file called glitch.json. It tells Glitch that instead of running the default “npm start” when you open your project, to run whatever is defined as “start” in glitch.json
I installed Gogs from binary. And it seemed to work ok. But I hit a snag. There were so many directories in the project that they made the Glitch editor load much slower. So I hid them. To do this I moved to directories with a dot prefix like like “.scripts”. Voila, my Glitch project was much faster.
Then I tried installing and I got a weird error message “Run user isn't the current user: app ->” which didn’t give me much to go on. I tried a lot of random things and nothing worked. I finally went into the gogs codebase and found the line that error came from. It expected an environment variable called USER. I changed my start command in glitch.json to set that.
Gogs has many of my fav git hosting features like pull request reviewing and a visual interface for exploring the code and commits.
It has some great features including:
- pull requests with a visual interface
I wanted to make this easy to “remix” which is a Glitch term for getting your own copy. So I added some files and directories to a file called .gitignore, so you won’t get my repositories when you get your own copy. I haven’t gotten email notifications working yet, but I might try Sendgrid for that.
If you try it out let us know what you think in the comments!