GIT development branches for packagers?

Tomas Mraz tmraz at
Wed Jan 15 10:29:52 UTC 2014

On Út, 2014-01-14 at 13:13 -0800, Andrew Lutomirski wrote:
> On Tue, Jan 14, 2014 at 12:59 PM, Adam Williamson <awilliam at> wrote:
> > On Tue, 2014-01-14 at 12:41 -0800, 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.
> >
> > Yes, this will happen. Why do you think it's a problem, though? If your
> > changes are correct but you just don't think it's worth doing a new
> > build simply for them, why is it a problem if they get pulled in when
> > someone does another build for some *other* (presumably appropriate)
> > reason? It would seem like that's just what you'd want to happen.
> Depends how well I've tested.  I'd like to imagine that I never commit
> anything broken anywhere, but this is empirically incorrect -- I break
> development branches on a semi-regular basis.  I guess I'll just have
> to be more cautious w/ Fedora :)
> >
> >>  - 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.
> >
> > One thing I've seen done is to add the line that actually describes the
> > change, above the last date/builder/NEVR line, *without* adding a new
> > line identifying the new build, date and builder. That way when someone
> > comes along and does a new build, they ought to see what should happen -
> > they should roll your partial entry into the entry they add for the
> > build.
> That would work.

I'd recommend rather the approach suggested by Kevin. Bump the release
and include a regular changelog entry. Just do not build. There is no
rule that all changeloged entries must be really built.

Tomas Mraz
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                                              Turkish proverb
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