Let’s talk about dist-git, as a place where we work. For us,
packagers, it’s a well-known place. Yet for newcomers, it may take a
while to learn all the details. Even though we operate with projects
in a dist-git repository, the layout doesn’t resemble the respective
There is a multitude of tasks we tend to perform in a dist-git repo:
* Bumping a release field for sake of a rebuild.
* Updating to the latest upstream release.
* Resolving CVEs.
* Fixing bugs by…
* Changing a spec file.
* Pulling a commit from upstream.
* Or even backporting a commit.
* And more...
For some tasks, the workflow is just fine and pretty straightforward.
But for the other, it’s very gruesome - the moment you need to touch
patch files, the horror comes in. The fact that we operate with patch
files, in a git repository, is just mind-boggling to me.
Luckily, we have tooling which supports the repository layout -
`fedpkg prep`, `srpm` or `mockbuild` are such handy commands - you can
easily inspect the source tree or make sure your local change builds.
Where am I getting with this?
Over the years there have been multiple tools created to improve the
rdopkg [r], rpkg-util [ru], tito [t] and probably much much more (e.g.
the way Fedora kernel developers work on kernel [k]).
In the packit project, we work in source-git repositories. These are
pretty much upstream repositories combined with Fedora downstream
packaging files. An example: I recently added a project called nyancat
[n] to Fedora. I have worked [w] on packaging the project in the
GitHub repo and then just pushed the changes to dist-git using packit
tooling. These source-git repositories can live anywhere: we have
support for GitHub right now and are working on supporting pagure.
Would there be an interest within the community, as opt-in, to have
such source-git repositories created for respective dist-git
repositories? The idea is that you would work in the source-git repo
and then let packit handle synchronization with a respective dist-git
repo. Our aim is to provide the contribution experience you have in
GitHub when working on your packages. Dist-git would still be the
authoritative source and a place where official builds are done - the
source-git repo would work as a way to collaborate. We also don’t have
plans right now to integrate packit into fedpkg.
The main reason I am sending this is to gather feedback from all of
you whether there is an interest in such a workflow. We don’t have
concrete plans for Fedora right now but based on your feedback we