RFC: Moving kubuntu packaging branches to pkg-kde git

Rohan Garg rohangarg at kubuntu.org
Tue Jul 29 14:10:46 UTC 2014

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> Subject: RFC: Moving kubuntu packaging branches to pkg-kde git
> Date: Tuesday 03 June 2014, 22:00:46
> From: Philip Muskovac <yofel at gmx.net>
> To: pkg-kde-talk at lists.alioth.debian.org
> Hi pkg-kde team,
> as we're currently in another rather painful package merge cycle, and with kf5
> and plasma next just outside the door we've been talking about how we could
> move our packaging branches over to debian git to help with the merging and
> the rather large about of work duplication on both sides.
> For the large amount of SC/KF5/plasma packages we use a mostly scripted
> workflow which we would like to keep using, so we came up with this git branch
> layout:
> - master: has the shared packaging and targets the latest upstream (beta?)
> release (which should really be everything as long as something doesn't cause
> a problem for the other team)
> - <series> (e.g. unstable, utopic): has any distribution specific changes that
> cannot be kept in master (like specific patches, recommends/suggests changes
> for archive reasons)
> and is used to generate the actual archive packages for that specific series.
> While I believe that this mostly should work fine, at this point I'm not quite
> sure how to manage the changelog. OdyX suggested generating it from the git
> commit messages which I think would work out best, as we could then keep our
> respective distribution changelogs and only share the change messages.
> A while ago I talked with maxy about commit access permissions, but for now I
> don't believe this would be an issue as most kubuntu packagers already are
> members of pkg-kde.
> For now, I would propose trying this shared repository idea out with the new
> kf5 and later also the plasma packages as you don't have any repositories for
> those yet.
> Would this be something you would consider?
> It would help us a lot as this would prevent us spending weeks to merge our
> packages and you would already have the changes for a new release in master
> when you plan to switch to it.
> Cheers,
> Philip Muškovac (yofel)
> Kubuntu Developer
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Could we move this forward maybe? :D

@Pino would be awesome to have any comments you might have against this :)

Rohan Garg

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