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See who is actually doing the work in your projects

Facade is a program that analyzes the contributors to git repos, organized into groups called projects, on a commit-by-commit basis. It is (mostly) managed using a web interface, and provides some basic data summaries. For more advanced analysis, you can export the contributor data as a CSV. While there is basic authentication, it’s probably best to run it on a private machine.

To get up and running quickly, check out the Getting Started guide.

To get a feeling for how Facade works, you can also find a live demo with a variety of projects.

Facade is licensed under Apache 2.0.

Some tips and tricks

System requirements:

Facade works by cloning a git repo, calculating the parents of HEAD (bounded by the start date), and scraping each patch for statistics. It calculates lines added and removed, whitespace changes, patch counts, and unique contributors over a given period of time. Each time runs, it recalculates the parents and trims any commits that have disappeared (for example, if the start date changes or something was reverted) or that were introduced (new commits or a freshly-merged branch). will not run if it thinks a previous instance is still running. This could happen when you’re doing the initial clone and building of data for large repos (like the kernel) or if you have a cron job running too frequently. If for some reason fails and exits early, you will need to run before it will run again.

Facade is designed to be run frequently as a cron job. This helps ensure that when you add or change something, it analyzes it quickly. You will set the interval between repo updates, and it will skip any repos which have been recently updated. This is to respect the owners of the repos you’re analyzing. The most frequent option is to run every 4 hours, though 24 hours is recommended.

The command line options for are documented, and you can run the various parts of the analysis separately. Use the -h flag to find out what your options are.

If is taking forever to run, you should verify that your start date isn’t too early. Setting this appropriately forward can eliminate a lot of unnecessary calculations.

If you discover a bunch of (Unknown) affiliations, don’t panic. This probably means you are analyzing a repo with domains that aren’t in the stock domain mappings. You have a few options here:

  1. The easiest way is to enter the affiliation data on the People page. This causes Facade to rebuild affiliation data for anyone who matches the domain or email address.

  2. The more complicated but faster way is to import config files from gitdm using the script in utilities/

After you do one of the two, you MUST run at least once for the changes to be reflected in the web UI.

If you think your affiliation data isn’t right, you can always nuke it (yes really). Facade looks for any results where the author or committer affiliation is NULL, and then fills those. This can trigger very, very long analysis jobs though, so use it wisely. Running -n will do this for you.

If you think your analysis data is corrupt, you can also nuke it (yes really). Facade will just detect that there is no stored commit data, so it’ll rebuild everything from scratch. You can do this by deleting all the rows from the analysis_data table in the database. The next run will rebuild all of it.

The main reason for tags is to be able to isolate a specific subset of data for a group of people, for example, your department at work. Because people and their email addresses come and go, you just tell Facade the dates between which a certain email should be tagged, and it’ll show up in the output.

Finally, you can choose whether you want statistics on the web UI organized by author or committer email, and by author or committer date. The default is author email and committer date, but you can change it up on the configuration page. You’ll need to run at least once to see the changes.

I think I found a problem

It’s entirely possible. The most likely symptom is that appears to run forever. If this happens, you’ll need to run utilities/ I also recommend you set logging to “Debug” and run at least once from the terminal. This will give you a lot more info about what went wrong.

Here are a few known situations where Facade doesn’t do so well:

  1. A git repo requires authentication. will just wait for a username and password. I have not yet found a workaround to bypass this, besides running the script manually.

  2. A git pull results in a merge. Again, will just wait for you to enter a merge commit message. I have not found a fix for this yet either.

  3. Wonky characters and mangled fields in the commit message. Every time I think I’ve handled all possible forms of brokenness, someone shows up with an apostrophe in their email address or some weird unicode character as their @, or whatever. Please file an issue when you find an unhandled corner case, so I can address it.

I hope this is helpful to you. Apologies in advance for inconsistent coding styles or cumbersome logic. Contributions and fixes are welcomed!