System Properties

Most of the system properties can be edited directly in the Preferences, section Low-Level Properties. This will adjust the smartgit.properties file which is located in SmartGit’s Settings Directory. Only some specific properties may require to edit smartgit.properties directly.

Each of the settings in smartgit.properties is specified on a separate line, according to the following syntax:

key=value

If a line starts with#, the entire line is treated as a comment and ignored by SmartGit.

Note

The file smartgit.properties contains only settings for SmartGit itself. If you want to configure your Git repositories, have a look at the various Git configuration files instead, such as .git/config for the configuration of individual Git repositories, and ~\.gitconfig (in your HOME directory) for global configuration options.

Networking

java.net.preferIPv4Stack

By default, SmartGit prefers to connect via IPv4. To connect via IPv6 instead, set this option to false.

http.nonProxyHosts

Use these properties to specify servers to connect directly to, bypassing the configured proxy, for example: *.foo.com|localhost. Note, that only internal code of SmartGit is honoring http.nonProxyHosts. This does not include Git itself.

Company-wide configuration

smartgit.setupFinishedUrl

This setting specifies the URL to open after SmartGit has been started for the first time and the setup wizard was completed.

smartgit.preferences.<category>.visible

You can use this system property to hide certain Preferences pages. Available categories are:

  • executables
  • externalTools
  • compareTools
  • conflictSolver
  • spellCheck
  • proxy
  • updateCheck
  • bugReports

To hide a specific page, set the corresponding property to false.

Example

To hide the Tools page, set:

smartgit.preferences.externalTools.visible=false

smartgit.contactSupportEnabled

Set this option to false to hide the menu item Help|Contact Support.

smartgit.registerEnabled

Set this option to false to hide the menu item Help|Register.

Update Check

smartgit.updateCheck.enabled

Set to false to disable the automatic checking and disallow the manual checking for new program versions by hiding the corresponding menu items Help|Check for New Version and Help|Check for Latest Build. You should only turn this check off for network installations where SmartGit users may not be able to perform the update themselves. When settings this option, you will probably also want to hide the corresponding page from the Preferences, using smartgit.preferences.updateCheck.visible.

Note that this will also disable notifications of new bugfix releases which you can upgrade to for free and which improve the stability or reliability of SmartGit.

If you just want to switch off automatic checking, use smartgit.updateCheck.automatic=false instead.

smartgit.updateCheck.automatic

Set to false to disable the automatic check for new versions on a global level which can be convenient e.g. for network installations. To disable the check for an individual installation/user, better do that in the Preferences, section SmartGit Updates.

smartgit.updateCheck.alwaysUpgradeToLatestBuild

Set to true to make SmartGit check for the availability of a new latest build on start up. Latest Builds are the “bleeding edge” builds between subsequent (minor) release builds, like between version 8.0.1 and 8.0.2 or 8.1 preview 3 and 8.1 preview 4. They will contain the latest improvements and bugfixes. Usually we will ask you to manually fetch the latest build using Help|Check for Latest Builds.

smartgit.updateCheck.checkForLatestBuildVisible

Set to false to hide Help|Check for Latest Build.

smartgit.installation.update.workingArea

Use this property to customize the program updater’s temporary directory, which is by default located in your home directory/profile. This should only be necessary if updating is not possible due to (file system) restrictions in this default directory, e.g. if execution of files is prevented by the system. On Windows, paths have to be specified using forward-slashes, like c:/temp.

Bug Reporting

smartgit.disableBugReporting

Set to true to disable sending of crash footprints (even if configured in the Preferences) and skip the option to send bug reports to us. When setting this option, you will probably also want to hide the corresponding page from the Preferences, see smartgit.preferences.bugReports.visible.

Warning

When using this option, be sure to provide an alternative way for your users to report SmartGit bugs to you, otherwise they will go unnoticed.

License user/seat tracking

For licenses with a large number of users, it can be helpful to track the number of active SmartGit users over time. For this purpose, SmartGit can optionally access (“ping”) a configurable URL which can be used to collect these user statistics on the server side. This requires customer-specific configuration because in different companies different means define a person (user), e.g. by a user-specific unique environment variable value. A simple implementation on the server-side would just be a virtual host logging to a separate access log file. The resulting log files can be analyzed, e.g. using grep.

smartgit.license.defaultPath

By default, SmartGit will look for a “default” license file in the installation default directory. You can use this system property to specify a different file system path for the default license to look for.

Example

To have SmartGit take the default license from \\license-server\smartgit\license, set:

smartgit.license.defaultPath=\\\\license-server\\smartgit\\license

smartgit.license.alwaysCheckForNewerDefaultLicense

By default, SmartGit will only look for a default license, if there is no or no valid existing license. Sometimes, it may be desirable to replace even valid licenses by newer default licenses. To do so, set:

Example

smartgit.license.alwaysCheckForNewerDefaultLicense=true

smartgit.license.serverPing.url

Enables the license user tracking feature and specifies the URL (template) which SmartGit will connect to on startup and once per day. The template is basically a URL for which following keywords will be replaced:

  • ${email} will be replaced by the user’s email found in the ~/.gitconfig file.
  • ${smartgit.version} will be replaced by SmartGit’s version followed by a # and the build number, e.g. 17.1.1#11176.
  • ${smartgit.license} will be replaced by a unique string of the registered SmartGit license file.
  • ${smartgit.license.x} will be replaced by the value of the corresponding (case-sensitive!) key from the registered SmartGit license file, e.g. ${smartgit.license.SupportUntil}.
  • ${prop.x} will be replaced by the Java system property x. For instance, ${prop.user.name} will be replaced by the Java system property user.name.
  • ${env.X} will be replaced by the environment variable X. For instance, ${env.USERID} will be replaced by the environment variable USERID.

smartgit.license.serverPing.method

Specifies the HTTP request method to be used, either GET or HTTP (defaults to GET).

Example

Following configuration will track users on (including a custom USERID environment variable) at syntevo.com.

smartgit.license.serverPing.method=get
smartgit.license.serverPing.url=http://www.syntevo.com/smartgit/server-ping?email=${email}&name=${prop.user.name}&id=${env.USERID}                  

Debug Properties

log4j.[category]

Use this property to enable debug logging for certain SmartGit modules; [category] has to be replaced by the appropriate module identifier.

Example

To enable debug logging for the Refreshing modules, set following properties:

log4j.smartgit.refresh=DEBUG
log4j.sc.vcs.model.refresh=DEBUG