Thomas Thomas - 1 month ago 10
Git Question

How do I configure remote refs for git + capistrano 3 in ROR deployment?

I am trying to use capistrano (for the first time) to deploy my rails app. First the essentials, I am using:

  • ruby 1.9.3p362

  • Rails 3.2.13

  • rvm 1.24.7

  • Capistrano 3.0.1

  • Phusion Passenger 4.0.26

  • Ubuntu 12.04 LTS

I get the following error when attempting to run
cap production deploy

DEBUG [679a47be] fatal: No remote configured to list refs from.

My full
cap production deploy
output is included below

INFO [488ba755] Running /usr/bin/env mkdir -p /tmp/AppName/ on
DEBUG [488ba755] Command: /usr/bin/env mkdir -p /tmp/AppName/
INFO [488ba755] Finished in 1.730 seconds with exit status 0 (successful).
DEBUG Uploading /tmp/AppName/ 0.0%
INFO Uploading /tmp/AppName/ 100.0%
INFO [c895f068] Running /usr/bin/env chmod +x /tmp/AppName/ on
DEBUG [c895f068] Command: /usr/bin/env chmod +x /tmp/AppName/
INFO [c895f068] Finished in 0.217 seconds with exit status 0 (successful).
DEBUG [679a47be] Running /usr/bin/env git ls-remote on
DEBUG [679a47be] Command: ( GIT_ASKPASS=/bin/echo GIT_SSH=/tmp/AppName/ /usr/bin/env git ls-remote )
DEBUG [679a47be] fatal: No remote configured to list refs from.
DEBUG [679a47be] Finished in 1.775 seconds with exit status 128 (failed).


# Deploy with Capistrano
gem 'capistrano', '~> 3.0.0'
gem 'capistrano-rails', '~> 1.1.0'
gem 'rvm1-capistrano3', require: false


# Load DSL and Setup Up Stages
require 'capistrano/setup'

# Includes default deployment tasks
require 'capistrano/deploy'

# require 'capistrano/rvm'
# require 'capistrano/rbenv'
# require 'capistrano/chruby'
require 'capistrano/bundler'
require 'capistrano/rails/assets'
require 'capistrano/rails/migrations'

# Loads custom tasks from `lib/capistrano/tasks' if you have any defined.
Dir.glob('lib/capistrano/tasks/*.cap').each { |r| import r }


I have altered this file to add my git url, the app name, the deploy_to path, and the tasks inside
task :restart
as directed to restart Phusion Passenger.

set :application, 'AppName'
set :deploy_to, '/var/www/appname'

set :repository, "" # Your clone URL
set :scm, "git"
set :user, "my-github-deploy-user" # The server's user for deploys
set :scm_passphrase, "correct-password" # The deploy user's password
set :branch, "master"
set :deploy_via, :remote_cache

# ask :branch, proc { `git rev-parse --abbrev-ref HEAD`.chomp }

set :ssh_options, {
verbose: :debug

set :format, :pretty
set :log_level, :debug
# set :pty, true

set :linked_files, %w{config/database.yml}
set :linked_dirs, %w{bin log tmp/pids tmp/cache tmp/sockets vendor/bundle public/system}

# set :default_env, { path: "/opt/ruby/bin:$PATH" }
# set :keep_releases, 5

namespace :deploy do

desc 'Restart application'
task :restart do
on roles(:app), in: :sequence, wait: 5 do
# Your restart mechanism here, for example:
execute :touch, release_path.join('tmp/restart.txt')
# task :start do ; end
# task :stop do ; end
# task :restart, :roles => :app, :except => { :no_release => true } do
# run "#{try_sudo} touch #{File.join(current_path,'tmp','restart.txt')}"
# end

after :restart, :clear_cache do
on roles(:web), in: :groups, limit: 3, wait: 10 do
# Here we can do anything such as:
within release_path do
execute :rake, 'cache:clear'
after :finishing, 'deploy:cleanup'

I tried to included all necessary information, please let me know if there is anything else I can add, thanks for any help you can provide!


In Capistrano 3, you use repo_url instead of repository

So in your deploy.rb, try replacing

set :repository, ""  # Your clone URL


set :repo_url, ""  # Your clone URL

Hopefully this helps.

Update: The ssh URL needs a key; the https URL does not. It's worked for me.