Please do not top-post.

On 11.04.2013, Trenton D. Adams wrote:

> #1 would actually work.  Though long term it would be cool to view it
> with all the most recent commit information, kind of like github does.
>  You know, showing "updated 4 days ago".
> On Wed, Apr 10, 2013 at 11:03 AM, Jakub Narębski <> wrote:
>> W dniu 07.04.2013 05:02, Trenton D. Adams pisze:
>>> On that first page that shows up, it shows the .git folder.  It would
>>> be kind of nice if it shared out both the git repo and the actual
>>> current project files.  I frequently have stuff I'd like to see in a
>>> web browser, and even requires one (i.e. Navigating to
>>> file:///home/blah/blah doesn't work; ajax requests for example)
>> There are a few possible solutions, from simplest to most complicated:
>> 1. Configure gitweb ran by git-instaweb to have 'worktree' link in
>>    the action bar pointing to 'file:///path/to/repo' (or rather
>>    'file:///path/to/workdir') via 'actions' feature, adding e.g.
>>      $feature{'actions'}{'default'} =
>>         [('worktree', 'file:///path/to/repo', 'summary')];
>>    to gitweb_config.perl / gitweb.conf used by git-instaweb's gitweb.
>>    This of course works only for local use, so either git-instaweb
>>    or gitweb (in config) should check that we use it locally
>>    (e.g. if hostname is 'localhost' or equivalent).

Unfortunately it turns out such simple solution doesn't really work.

First, for some reason Firefox 20.0 refuses to follow file:/// link,
even though it shows correctly worktree if copy'n'pasted as URL in new
window / new tab.

Second, it would work only for the top git repository.  There can be
repositories being submodules, or in untracked subdirectories (like
e.g. 't/trash directory.tNNNN*/.git' in git/.git), and said 'worktree'
link would always lead to top git repository workdir.

But anyway, here you have it:
-- >8 --
Subject: [PATCH] git-instaweb: Show project files... kind of (WIP)

On first page that git-instaweb shows, it shows the .git folder.  It
would be kind of nice if it shared out both the git repo and the
actual current project files (i.e. current worktree). [...]


This commit implements solution 1.), with git-instaweb enabling it
only for local use, which means when it is run with `--local` option.

Signed-off-by: Jakub Narebski <>
--- | 14 ++++++++++++++
 1 file changed, 14 insertions(+)

diff --git a/ b/
index 01a1b05..43ae255 100755
--- a/
+++ b/
@@ -22,6 +22,13 @@ restart        restart the web server
 . git-sh-setup
+if test x"$(git rev-parse --is-bare-repository)" = xfalse
+       fqworktree="$(git rev-parse --show-toplevel)"
+       fqworktree=""
 local="$(git config --bool --get instaweb.local)"
 httpd="$(git config --get instaweb.httpd)"
 root="$(git config --get instaweb.gitwebdir)"
@@ -588,6 +595,13 @@ our \$projects_list = \$projectroot;
 \$feature{'remote_heads'}{'default'} = [1];
+       test x"$fqworktree" != x &&
+       test x"$local" = xtrue &&
+       cat >>"$fqgitdir/gitweb/gitweb_config.perl" <<EOF
+\$feature{'actions'}{'default'} = [
+       ('worktree', 'file://$fqworktree', 'summary')
 configure_httpd() {

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