Coding with Titans

so breaking things happens constantly, but never on purpose

Gitea on Raspberry Pi with no heatmap refreshed

In the times before private repositories were available for free on I had my own git-server installed on a NAS using gitolite. But in a long run I stopped liking managing from console and also I don’t like, when some other corporation looks into my own hidden projects and could be able to cut me off.

As a result I migrated again, this time installing Gitea on a Raspberry Pi following this marvelous guide. This is a really great solution for low powered device (comparing mostly to GitLab, which I tried the same time and which consumes whole RAM of Raspberry within one day and stops working at all even SSH deamon, then only removing power-plug works). As another step to increase stability and reliability I connected SSD drive via USB and configured it to store repositories on it. Somehow I don’t trust microSD cards in staying OK for a long run as a base for OS and data at the same time. Only frequent backups onto another disc connected in parallel convinced me.

Few things were, however, not working as expected:

  • user’s activity heatmap was not updated at all
  • repository size was not updated
  • empty repository’s home-page was also not changed, when new commits were pushed.

Finally, after long search I spot the issue-3458. And the fix turned out to be so simple. I missed mounting the SSD partition with exec flag and it removed all mentioned problems! Now the entry inside /etc/fstab looks like following:

PARTUUID="xxxxxxxxx" /volumes/gonzo ext4 defaults,auto,users,rw,exec 0 0

Again, sun is shining again. Perfect!