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authorIan Jackson <>2017-01-21 20:33:05 +0000
committerIan Jackson <>2017-01-22 17:29:27 +0000
commitd98e1bbf6968d643e82a4ebb9a07686eaf0aae7c (patch)
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parente130cf4a250a8aa7ce60db171b5895688c60c918 (diff)
dgit-maint-merge(7): updates re #852090: suggestions by me
Signed-off-by: Ian Jackson <>
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+++ b/dgit-maint-merge.7.pod
@@ -23,7 +23,9 @@ the usefulness of the raw Debian source package. The Debian archive
is thought of as an output format.
For example, we don't spend time curating a series of quilt patches.
-However, the information such a series would contain is readily
+in straightforward cases,
+the information such a series would contain is readily
available from B<dgit-repos>.
@@ -34,6 +36,17 @@ that upstream makes available for download.
+This workflow is less suitable for some packages.
+When the Debian delta contains multiple pieces which interact,
+or which you aren't going to be able to upstream soon,
+it might be preferable to
+maintain the delta as a rebasing patch series,
+to facilitate
+individual pieces.
+For such a workflow see for example
This section explains how to start using this workflow with a new
@@ -230,21 +243,27 @@ changes to the upstream source:
=over 4
-The Debian packaging of foo is maintained using dgit. For the sake of
-an efficient workflow, Debian modifications to the upstream source are
-squashed into a single diff, rather than a series of quilt patches.
-To obtain a patch queue for package version 1.2.3-1:
+The Debian packaging of foo is maintained in git,
+using the merging workflow described in dgit-maint-merge(7).
+An automatically generated representation of the Debian changes follows.
+A detailed break down of these changes is available from their
+canonical representation -
+git commits in the packaging repository.
+For example, to see the changes made by the Debian maintainer in the
+first upload of upstream version 1.2.3, you could use:
=over 4
- # apt-get install dgit
- % dgit clone foo
+ % git clone
% cd foo
% git log --oneline 1.2.3..debian/1.2.3-1 -- . ':!debian'
-See dgit(1), dgit(7) and dgit-maint-merge(7) for more information.
+See dgit-maint-merge(7) for more information.
+(If you have dgit, use dgit clone foo,
+rather than plain git clone.)