GIT development branches for packagers?

Jamie Nguyen j at
Tue Jan 14 20:52:01 UTC 2014

On 14/01/14 20:41, Andrew Lutomirski wrote:
> I have some trivial cleanups I want to make to a package a maintain.
> These cleanups are trivial enough that I don't think they're worth a
> new build.  Should I commit them to the master branch?  If so, I can
> imagine a couple of issues:
>  - A provenpackager could kick off a rebuild for whatever reason (e.g.
> dependency soname bump).  That will (I think) inadvertently include my
> changes.
>  - I need to think about whether to add a changelog entry or not.  If
> not, those changes might be included silently.  If yes, then I need to
> think about what to do about the revision number.
> The normal GIT approach would be to develop on another branch and to
> merge when I want to build a new revision (the Fedora equivalent of
> tagging a new release).  Should Fedora provide branches like
> master-devel, f20-devel, etc that store pending changes?

Committing spec changes without a subsequent build is a perfectly
reasonable thing to do. When doing spec clean-up, I would normally bump
the Release tag and add a changelog entry. This is essentially what
happens when packages are being reviewed for inclusion in Fedora.

Jamie Nguyen

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