I downloaded it (version 1.6.0), unpacked it in /opt/gitblit (ubuntu server 14.04.1), configured http to 8280 and disabled https assigning 0 (I expose it by https using nginx).

I created gitblit user and added it to 'sudo' group by running: sudo adduser gitblit sudo (gitblit user has a strong password).

I installed it as a service by running: /opt/gitblit/install-service-ubuntu.sh.

I tried to start it by running: sudo service gitblit start. The message Starting gitblit server appears. It's the only message.

When I hit -in the same local machine-, the connection could not be made. When I run sudo netstat -anp | grep 8280, nothing appears.

I see no error messages, but the server is not starting.

Question: What am I missing?

  • What do your error logs say?
    – EEAA
    Aug 20, 2014 at 21:56
  • What error logs? could not find them Aug 21, 2014 at 16:11

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I had the same problem. The reason the service would not start in my case is that the gitblit user did not have permission to access any of the /opt/gitblit files. This is because (doh) I had installed gitblit as root. The solution was simple:

chown -R gitblit:gitblit /opt/gitblit
  • 1
    This is the correct way: chown -R gitblit:gitblit /opt/gitblit
    – user279039
    Mar 30, 2015 at 12:59

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