There are 2 kinds of access to the HydePark:

TL; DR — use the contact form

There’s no “join” form. You simply use the contact form and send us:

  • The username you want.
  • A password (for read-only web access).
  • [If you also want to edit things] — a public SSH key.

If you’re not sure you’ll create or edit sites here (or what an SSH key is 😉), you can skip the last bit (we can always do that later).

Remember to leave an email address, or some other way to contact you.


Username should be a valid url slug (e.g. james or Bond-J.007).


Once you have a username and a password, you can use it anywhere at the HydePark ( i.e. all URLS beginning with ). This doesn’t mean you’re allowed to see everything there. It’s up to Alice to decide which users can see /hydepark/alice/someproject/preview. By default, access would be global (i.e. not public, but everyone with a HydePark password has read permissions). If /hydepark/alice/secretproject/preview or hydepark/alice/someprojects/surprise-branch are sensitive, Alice can limit read access to specific users, so if you can’t access something under /hydepark/alice — ask Alice to give you permissions.


We update sites here via git and ssh commands to our gitolite server.


  • git remote add gito
  • ssh -T perms -l alice/mynewproject
Note: we all connect "as" Gitolite can tell us apart because we have different ssh keys.

Request a gitolite account

In order to open a gitolite account, you need to generate an ssh key pair and send us:

  • Your username.
  • A the password you want for reading (if you don’t have one yet).
  • The content of the .pub file (not the other one 😱).


Hi. It's Alice (
I do crosswords for Bob's new campaign, and I need an account.
User: alice
Password: mykewlpassword
SSH key:
ssh-rsa AAAAB3NzaC1yc2EAAAADAQABAAABAQDKtJ+5DXuUVMdr87D47mrTpkWU40UnGDt5yJjYjM9fquZtlIrZ8p7e4n8lTvIwXBuGsM29YgGjQ+VARQ6qMx/9PWItVsmG6iRBcA9qE45zJ6J0IhGB01RqqinCOezZ0Jk3bx/85JeKWmtpkfflLpyapocDRtcfiz9Yx4Ugr87IquOujB+ZbNbvLY3F+SQOEc2rc1LM945NRSAtvfqZC1946mAp9PEcOqtIl1v/xYMPDz+GjjigcRSrKgR3Mrv3r0KFwCK7roA/0617tiJehxoMCOgQxUubO6JeFFDxu6c9uAYH1lbTWcadqvSFGCkz+sqVD/4GGt8cfKTe0vBcbr9Z alice@home

The “email address” at the end of the SSH key doesn’t need to be a real one (be creative 😉), but if you need to connect from several computers, you’ll need to sends a key for each, so it may be useful to mark those keys with “email addresses” like alice@desktop, alice@notebook, alice@work, etc.

Shortcut tips

Instead of addressing the server as, you can simply call it gito by adding this to ~/.ssh/config:

host gito
user zzzenolito

Now you can simply type commands like git remote add gito gito:alice/mynewproject.

OBTW [now that we're on a first name basis] gito's ssh fingerprint is 2a:1d:49:60:93:a3:2d:ab:6d:25:e0:27:4d:b4:ed:98.

You can also add alias gito='ssh -T gito' to your ~/.bashrc, and then you can simply type gito perms -l alice/mynewproject or simply gito:

$ gito 
hello lito, this is zzzenolito@web48 running gitolite3 v3.6.2-20-g78fc240 on git 1.9.3

 R W C	CREATOR/..* # This means I [like all users] can create repos at my personal folder
 # ... all repos you have permissions for ... for example ...
 R  	lito/funnypage # Single-page sandbox site
 R  	lito/howto # This site
# ...
 R  	lito/soliko # Hebrew single-page site
# ...
 R W	testing # A junk repo everyone has read/write access to
# ... a few more lines, and then it hangs up

As you can see, gitolite is not an interactive shell. You send it a command, it executes, KTHXBYE 😼

Gitolite help

$ gito help
# ...
list of remote commands available:

        # ...
$ gito desc -h
# ...
Usage:    ssh git@host desc <repo>
          ssh git@host desc <repo> <description string>

Show or set description for repo.  You need to have write access to the repo
and the 'writer-is-owner' option must be set for the repo, or it must be a
user-created ('wild') repo and you must be the owner.
# ...

In our case, ssh git@host should be replaced with ssh -T (or simply gito 😉):

$ gito desc lito/funnypage
Something simple to fork.
# ...

You can also read about gitolite’s command line interface here.