3.0 (git) source resources (for PPA)?

Robie Basak robie.basak at ubuntu.com
Wed Feb 15 15:28:54 UTC 2017

On Wed, Feb 15, 2017 at 03:15:17PM +0000, Robie Basak wrote:
> On Wed, Feb 15, 2017 at 08:10:20AM -0700, Bear Giles wrote:
> > Hi, I'm trying to PPA some code that's in git but not having much luck
> > finding useful documentation for source format 3.0 (git). I have looked at
> > git-buildpackage but it looks like it wants me to create a branch and these
> > are huge projects. It looks like the 3.0 (git) format will let me maintain
> > just the debian bits but haven't found much documentation. Even having a
> > few sample packages to look at would help.
> Most people don't use 3.0 (git). Most people use git-buildpackage
> ("gbp") to maintain packaging in git, IME, but with 3.0 (quilt). I
> suggest looking into that instead.
> git-dpm may also be relevant, but quite complex to learn IMHO.

Or, thinking of the bigger picture, consider using snaps. See
https://snapcraft.io/ for details. This lets you distribute software to
users, so solves similar problems to using PPAs, but for
outside-distribution sources, snaps are easier to build and maintain and
ship updates to users over traditional Debian packaging and conflict
less with users' systems, so users can be more confident using them too.
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