How to setup remote website deployment using git the proper way

Years ago I set this up with a bunch of convoluted scripts, and etc. No fun.

Today I did a bit of research and found out how to easily setup your web server to pull updates from your git repo anytime you publish to it – the proper way.

Here’s how to do it.

First, connect to your remote web server


Note, we make some assumptions that you host your site in /var/www/html and that you’ve already added your ssh keys to your git server for both master, and production web server.

Next you’re going to want to issue the following commands

cd /var/www
git init --bare /var/www/theproject.git 
cd theproject.git/hooks/
nano post-receive 

Then you’re going to want to paste this in, shamelessly stolen from this site.


while read oldrev newrev ref
    # only checking out the master (or whatever branch you would like to deploy)
    if [ "$ref" = "refs/heads/$BRANCH" ];
        echo "Ref $ref received. Deploying ${BRANCH} branch to production..."
        git --work-tree=$TARGET --git-dir=$GIT_DIR checkout -f $BRANCH
        echo "Ref $ref received. Doing nothing: only the ${BRANCH} branch may be deployed on this server."

Edit the TARGET, and GIT_DIR then save and exit the file, and then make it executable.

chmod +x post-receive 

Now you’re ready to test it all out.

Go back to your development machine (laptop, whatever) and issue the following commands.

cd /path/to/git/repo
git remote add production

Note, you need to edit the username, server, and project name and path that coincide with your settings, and, whatever has a shared ssh key with your git server.

Now you just need to commit your changes, and then push to master and to production and you’re done!

cd /path/to/git/repo
echo "test" >> index.html 
git add -A . 
git commit -m "adding test html"
git push origin master
git push production master

Refresh your website and you should see the changes!

Compiling (downgrading to) gnuradio 3.7.x on Ubuntu 20.x

Ubuntu 20.x comes with GnuRadio 3.8 which is based on python 3, and, the latest and greatest.

However, sometimes you may need to install the older version of gnuradio instead of the latest 3.8 release.

Here are my notes on doing just that

First, you have to install python2 and pip

sudo add-apt-repository universe
sudo apt update 
sudo apt install python2
curl --output
sudo python2

Then, you have to install the dependencies for GnuRadio

sudo apt-get install git cmake g++ libboost-all-dev libgmp-dev swig doxygen libfftw3-dev libsdl1.2-dev libgsl-dev libqwt-qt5-dev libqt5opengl5-dev liblog4cpp5-dev libzmq2-dev gobject-introspection gir1.2-gtk-3.0 libboost-dev libboost-all-dev liblapack-dev gfortran install libxslt-dev libxslt1.1 liborc-dev doxygen libusb-1.0-0-dev libzmq5 libzmq5-dev python2.7-cairo libsdl-dev python2-dev python2.7-wxgtk3.0 python2.7-gi python2.7-lxml  libsdl1.2-dev pkg-config libcppunit-dev libcppunit-1.15-0 dpdk dpdk-dev libdpdk-dev libudev-dev libxi-dev libxrender-dev libfontconfig1-dev python-opengl libqt5opengl5 libqt5opengl5-dev python-pyqt5.qwt libqwt-qt5-dev libqwt-qt5-6 libqwt-headers

Then, you have to install the python 2 requirements

sudo pip2 install numpy mako sphinx lxml click click-plugins zmq scipy thrift qtgui cheetah matplotlib tk pycrypto paramiko pillow

Then, you have to install an older version of Thrift

git clone
cd thrift
git checkout 0.10.0
make install

Then you have to get gnuradio setup

git clone --recursive
cd gnuradio
git checkout v3.7.13.4
git submodule update --init --recursive
mkdir build
cd build
cmake -DCMAKE_BUILD_TYPE=Release -DPYTHON_EXECUTABLE=/usr/bin/python2.7 ../
make -j4
make test
make install
sudo ldconfig

And optionally install gr-osmosdr if you need it.

git clone git://
cd gr-osmosdr

That should get you up and running with the basics.

Making wxtoimg work on your 64 bit arm Odroid N2+

Recently I’ve gotten into RTL-SDR / HAM Radio and have been working on getting this cool package of scripts working that’ll automatically grab NOAA / ISS and METEOR data and decode it!

Ran into an issue today with wxtoimg. Since it’s abandonware it’s not possible to compile it, and the only binaries are for 32bit arm, not 64bit, which is what my Odroid N2+ is.

Here’s the quick way of making it work on your 64bit arm computer.

First, you have to set up to run multiarch

dpkg --add-architecture armhf
apt-get update
apt-get install libc6:armhf libstdc++6:armhf
apt-get install libasound2:armhf
apt-get install libx11-6:armhf
apt-get install libxft-dev:armhf libxft2:armhf
apt-get install ghostscript

Then, go ahead and download wxtoimg and install it

dpkg -i wxtoimg-armhf-2.11.2-beta.deb

Now you should be able to run wxtoimg with no problems!