Some more queries on packaging with Git

Kumar Appaiah akumar at
Fri Oct 19 10:52:06 UTC 2007

Dear vcs-pkg,

Here are some more points I wanted some advice on after reading
Martin's "Packaging with Git" blog post.

1. He has not spoken on the .orig.tar.gz, where to put it etc.; that
is not understood by default. I assume it is in the parent
directory. Another thing is, if we wish to generate the orig.tar.gz
prior to the build, would it be useful to check out the upstream
branch and make the orig.tar.gz using git archive using the
poor-mans-gitbuild script itself? Also, all the debs end up in the
parent directory. Isn't this a trifle clumsy? Shouldn't we be able to
move the files to a separate `build-area' directory, like in

2. I now have adapted Martin's poor-mans-gitbuild script to do one
additional thing, which is a fakeroot ./debian/rules clean. IMO, that
helps me because it cleans up the build, and it also helps me verify
whether the upstream packaging is `distclean clean'. Just a remark,
thought it might be useful to get others' views on this. I personally
found one such case in one of my packages and pointed it out to


Kumar Appaiah,
458, Jamuna Hostel,
Indian Institute of Technology Madras,
Chennai - 600 036
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