Techniques for using git for Debian packaging

Speakers: David Bremner Sean Whitton

Track: Packaging, policy and infrastructure

Type: BoF (45 mins)


Room: Bo

Time: Aug 07 (Mon), 10:00

Duration: 0:45

Techniques and tools for using git for Debian packaging continue to develop, though there remain many pain points. Since last year’s DebConf, dgit, in particular, has seen a lot of development. The new possibilities for using this tool have not yet been fully explored.

The starting point for this BoF will be a brief demo of some of elements of the pure dgit workflows that have only become possible in the past year: a merging workflow and a rebasing workflow (if git debrebase is not finished by DebConf, the design of this tool will be explained).

A possible follow-up discussion would be figuring out what Debian package maintainers consider the highest priority pain points for maintaining Debian package in git: Should we be focusing on a new source package format? Is it documentation that is lacking? Is it our conventions regarding the BTS and NMUs that are blocking progress? Etc.