cgit: Missing Idle Column on Some Repositories
For some time now, several of my repositories on my cgit instance were missing updated entries in the “Idle” column. In fact, they were left completely empty.
Searching the cgit mailing list archives unearthed a thread from August
2020 discussing the behavior. Apparently cgit is hard-coded to only look
at the “master” branch. I also found out about the
The affected repositories do use different default branches.
man cgitrc yields:
repo.defbranch The name of the default branch for this repository. If no such branch exists in the repository, the first branch name (when sorted) is used as default instead. Default value: branch pointed to by HEAD, or "master" if there is no suitable HEAD.
It would be useful to have an option to set this globally. Alas, no such luck.
Additionally, as I’m using a
scan-path, I cannot set
repo.defbranch in the main
cgitrc file. However, further down, the same document specifies:
REPOSITORY-SPECIFIC CGITRC FILE When the option "scan-path" is used to auto-discover git repositories, cgit will try to parse the file "cgitrc" within any found repository. Such a repo-specific config file may contain any of the repo-specific options described above, except "repo.url" and "repo.path". Additionally, the "filter" options are only acknowledged in repo-specific config files when "enable-filter-overrides" is set to "1". Note: the "repo." prefix is dropped from the option names in repo-specific config files, e.g. "repo.desc" becomes "desc".
Good to know. And indeed, once I created a simple
# /path/to/repository/cgitrc defbranch=main
the column was immediately populated with the proper data.