The Fedora build of monotone provides an extra RPM "monotone-server". This package is intended to make it easy to set up an unattended server installation for Monotone's Netsync protocol (i.e. "monotone serve"). The package contains a systemd service unit for running the server, installed as /usr/sbin/monotone-server. (This is just a symlink to monotone that the systemd runs instead. This enables matching "monotone-server" processes with ps to distinguish server instances from people using monotone.) The /etc/monotone directory serves as ~/.monotone for the server. This directory and its contents are not writable by the "monotone" user ID under which the network server runs. The database lives in /var/lib/monotone, which the "monotone" user ID must write to. On startup, the systemd service will generate a private key for the server to use, if none exists yet, using /usr/libexec/monotone-server-genkey. The key identification will contain the host's FQDN (from /bin/hostname -f). Before starting the server, the script will migrate an old database format if you had a previous version of the monotone-server installation. Access to the server is controlled by the /etc/monotone/read-permissions and /etc/monotone/write-permissions files, unless you write your own Lua hooks in /etc/monotone/monotonerc. These files are not created or edited by the RPM scripts, you must create them. These files refer to key identification strings for keys already the database. Anyone allowed write access by the network server can put new keys in the database with "monotone push" using the --key-to-push option. To bootstrap this, /etc/monotone/write-permission must allow some key and that key must be in the database already. You can put a key in the server's database easily with /usr/libexec/monotone-server-import, e.g. to import the public key for a private key in ~/.monotone/keys: mtn pubkey | sudo /usr/libexec/monotone-server-import For problems with this package or its scripts, please file bugs at for the "monotone" component in the "Fedora" product.