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Clone Repository

We are using sourctree on RDS to connect to bitbucket.

Is it necessary to clone repository for each user or a single clone can be shared by all users?

Cloning repository/user will occupy lot of space. Can someone suggest any alternative wherein all users can access a single clone from the bitbucket?


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Mike Corsaro Atlassian Team Feb 16, 2018

Hello! I'd strongly recommended against cloning one repository for multiple users to use. Doing this will cause more problems in the future for yourself, and your users.


Consider the following scenario:

  • User A creates a branch, and makes some changes
  • User A forgets to push those changes to the remote server
  • User A logs-out
  • User B logs-in, and makes some changes
  • User B discovers a new local branch they didn't make, and removes it
  • User A has now lost their changes


Git also doesn't include a permissions model, so all local branches can be removed by any user. Stashes made by a user are also only stored locally, so stashes will be seen and shared by all users.

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