# gerrit create-project --empty-commit --name myproject
Without the initial empty commit, the underlying git repository is left empty without any revisions or branches.
Another tool used in conjunction with gerrit is git-review. This tool simplifies creation and management of reviews from the command line.
If a user attempts to run git-review on a repository while using the completely empty gerrit repository as the remote, the command may fail since there is no master branch yet created in the remote repository.
# git review Errors running git rebase -i remotes/origin/master fatal: Needed a single revision invalid upstream remotes/origin/master
For the first commit, the user can circumvent git-review and instead push directly to gerrit using git.# git review -R Had trouble running git log --decorate --oneline HEAD --not remotes/origin/master -- fatal: bad revision 'remotes/origin/master'
# git push origin HEAD:refs/for/master
As a result, a new review will be created in gerrit which can then be merged into the project's master branch. After an initial commit is merged into the master branch, the git-review command can be used as usual.
If the above command fails, complaining about the commit message "missing Change-Id in commit message footer" then simply amend the suggested Change-Id to the the commit message.
# git commit --amend