dgit - git integration with the Debian archive
] [ suite
[ push args...
allows you to treat the Debian archive as if it were a git
This is the command line reference. Please read the tutorial(s):
for detailed information about the data model, common
problems likely to arise with certain kinds of package, etc.
- dgit clone package [suite]
- Consults the archive and dgit-repos to construct the git view of history
for package in suite (sid by default) in a new
directory (named ./package by default); also, downloads any
necessary orig tarballs.
The suite's git tip is left on the local branch dgit/suite
ready for work, and on the corresponding dgit remote tracking branch. The
origin remote will be set up to point to the package's dgit-repos
tree for the distro to which suite belongs.
suite may be a combination of several underlying suites in the form
mainsuite,subsuite...; see COMBINED SUITES in
For your convenience, the vcs-git remote will be set up from the
package's Vcs-Git field, if there is one - but note that in the general
case the history found there may be different to or even disjoint from
- dgit fetch [suite]
- Consults the archive and git-repos to update the git view of history for a
specific suite (and downloads any necessary orig tarballs), and updates
the remote tracking branch remotes/dgit/dgit/suite. If the
current branch is dgit/suite then dgit fetch defaults to
suite; otherwise it parses debian/changelog and uses the suite
specified there. suite may be a combined suite, as for clone.
- dgit pull [suite]
- Does dgit fetch, and then merges the new head of the remote tracking
branch remotes/dgit/dgit/suite into the current branch.
- dgit build ...
- Runs dpkg-buildpackage with some suitable options. Options and
arguments after build will be passed on to dpkg-buildpackage. It is not
necessary to use dgit build when using dgit; it is OK to use any approach
which ensures that the generated source package corresponds to the
relevant git commit.
Tagging, signing and actually uploading should be left to dgit push.
- dgit build-source ...
- Builds the source package, and a changes file for a prospective
source-only upload, using dpkg-source. The output is left in
Tagging, signing and actually uploading should be left to dgit push.
- dgit clean
- Cleans the current working tree (according to the --clean= option in
- dgit help
- Print a usage summary.
- dgit sbuild ...
- Constructs the source package, uses sbuild to do a binary build,
and uses mergechanges to merge the source and binary changes files.
Options and arguments after sbuild will be passed on to sbuild. The output
is left in package_version_multi.changes.
- Note that by default sbuild does not build arch-independent packages. You
probably want to pass -A, to request those.
- Tagging, signing and actually uploading should be left to dgit push.
- dgit gbp-build ...
- Runs git-buildpackage with some suitable options. Options and
arguments after gbp-build will be passed on to git-buildpackage.
By default this uses --quilt=gbp, so HEAD should be a git-buildpackage style
branch, not a patches-applied branch.
Tagging, signing and actually uploading should be left to dgit push.
- dgit push [suite]
- Does an `upload', pushing the current HEAD to the archive (as a source
package) and to dgit-repos (as git commits). The package must already have
been built ready for upload, with the .dsc and .changes left in the parent
directory. It is normally best to do the build with dgit too (eg with dgit
sbuild): some existing build tools pass unhelpful options to dpkg-source
et al by default, which can result in the built source package not being
identical to the git tree.
In more detail: dgit push checks that the current HEAD corresponds to the
.dsc. It then pushes the HEAD to the suite's dgit-repos branch, adjusts
the .changes to include any .origs which the archive lacks and exclude
.origs which the archive has (so -sa and -sd are not needed when building
for dgit push), makes a signed git tag, edits the .dsc to contain the dgit
metadata field, runs debsign to sign the upload (.dsc and .changes),
pushes the signed tag, and finally uses dput to upload the .changes to the
dgit push always uses the package, suite and version specified in the
debian/changelog and the .dsc, which must agree. If the command line
specifies a suite then that must match too.
- dgit rpush build-host:build-dir [push
- Pushes the contents of the specified directory on a remote machine. This
is like running dgit push on build-host with build-dir as the current
directory; however, signing operations are done on the invoking host. This
allows you to do a push when the system which has the source code and the
build outputs has no access to the key:
However, the build-host must be able to ssh to the dgit repos. If this is
not already the case, you must organise it separately, for example by the
use of ssh agent forwarding.
The remaining arguments are treated just as dgit push would handle them.
build-host and build-dir can be passed as separate arguments; this is
assumed to be the case if the first argument contains no : (except perhaps
one in [ ], to support IPv6 address literals).
You will need similar enough versions of dgit on the build-host and the
invocation host. The build-host needs gnupg installed, with your public
key in its keyring (but not your private key, obviously).
||Clone on build host (dgit clone)
||Edit code on build host (edit, git commit)
||Build package on build host (dgit build)
||Test package on build host or elsewhere (dpkg -i, test)
||Upload by invoking dgit rpush on host with your GPG key.
- dgit setup-new-tree
- Configure the current working tree the way that dgit clone would have set
it up. Like running dgit setup-useremail,
setup-mergechangelogs and setup-gitattributes (but only does
each thing if dgit is configured to do it automatically). You can use
these in any git repository, not just ones used with the other dgit
- dgit setup-useremail
- Set the working tree's user.name and user.email from the distro-specific
dgit configuration (dgit-distro.distro.user-name and
.user-email), or DEBFULLNAME or DEBEMAIL.
- dgit setup-mergechangelogs
- Configures a git merge helper for the file debian/changelog which
- dgit setup-gitattributes
- Set up the working tree's .git/info/attributes to disable all
transforming attributes for all files. This is done by defining a macro
attribute dgit-defuse-attrs and applying it to *. For why,
see GITATTRIBUTES in dgit(7).
(If there is already a macro attribute line [attr]dgit-defuse-attrs
in .git/info/attributes (whatever its effects), this operation does
nothing further. This fact can be used to defeat or partially defeat dgit
setup-gitattributes and hence dgit setup-new-tree.)
- dgit quilt-fixup
- `3.0 (quilt)' format source packages need changes representing not only
in-tree but also as patches in debian/patches. dgit quilt-fixup checks
whether this has been done; if not, dgit will make appropriate patches in
debian/patches and also commit the resulting changes to git.
This is normally done automatically by dgit build and dgit push.
dgit will try to turn each relevant commit in your git history into a new
quilt patch. dgit cannot convert nontrivial merges, or certain other kinds
of more exotic history. If dgit can't find a suitable linearisation of
your history, by default it will fail, but you can ask it to generate a
single squashed patch instead.
- dgit import-dsc [sub-options] ../path/to/.dsc
- Import a Debian-format source package, specified by its .dsc, into git,
the way dgit fetch would do.
This does about half the work of dgit fetch: it will convert the .dsc into a
new, orphan git branch. Since dgit has no access to a corresponding source
package archive or knowledge of the history it does not consider whether
this version is newer than any previous import or corresponding git
branches; and it therefore does not make a pseudomerge to bind the import
into any existing git history.
Because a .dsc can contain a Dgit field naming a git commit (which you might
not have), and specifying where to find that commit (and any history
rewrite table), import-dsc might need online access. If this is a problem
(or dgit's efforts to find the commit fail), consider
--no-chase-dsc-distro or --force-import-dsc-with-dgit-field.
There is only only sub-option:
--require-valid-signature causes dgit to insist that the signature on
the .dsc is valid (using the same criteria as dpkg-source -x). Otherwise,
dgit tries to verify the signature but the outcome is reported only as
messages to stderr.
If branch is prefixed with + then if it already exists, it
will be simply ovewritten, no matter its existing contents. If
branch is prefixed with .. then if it already exists and
dgit actually imports the dsc (rather than simply reading the git commit
out of the Dgit field), dgit will make a pseudomerge so that the result is
necessarily fast forward from the existing branch. Otherwise, if branch
already exists, dgit will stop with an error message.
If branch does not start with refs/, refs/heads/ is prepended.
- dgit version
- Prints version information and exits.
- dgit clone-dgit-repos-server destdir
- Tries to fetch a copy of the source code for the dgit-repos-server, as
actually being used on the dgit git server, as a git tree.
- dgit print-dgit-repos-server-source-url
- Prints the url used by dgit clone-dgit-repos-server. This is hopefully
suitable for use as a git remote url. It may not be useable in a
- --dry-run | -n
- Go through the motions, fetching all information needed, but do not
actually update the output(s). For push, dgit does the required checks and
leaves the new .dsc in a temporary file, but does not sign, tag, push or
- --damp-run | -L
- Go through many more of the motions: do everything that doesn't involve
either signing things, or making changes on the public servers.
- Use keyid for signing the tag and the upload. The default comes
from the distro's keyid config setting (see CONFIGURATION, below),
or failing that, the uploader trailer line in debian/changelog.
- does not sign tags or uploads (meaningful only with push).
- Specifies that we should process source package package rather than
looking in debian/control or debian/changelog. Valid with dgit fetch and
dgit pull, only.
- --clean=git | -wg
- Use git clean -xdf to clean the working tree, rather than running
the package's rules clean target.
This will delete all files which are not tracked by git. (Including any
files you forgot to git add.)
--clean=... options other than dpkg-source are useful when the
package's clean target is troublesome, or to avoid needing the
- --clean=git-ff | -wgf
- Use git clean -xdff to clean the working tree. Like git clean -xdf
but it also removes any subdirectories containing different git trees
(which only unusual packages are likely to create).
- --clean=check | -wc
- Merely check that the tree is clean (does not contain uncommitted files).
Avoids running rules clean, and can avoid needing the
- --clean=none | -wn
- Do not clean the tree, nor check that it is clean. Avoids running rules
clean, and can avoid needing the build-dependencies. If there are files
which are not in git, or if the build creates such files, a subsequent
dgit push will fail.
- --clean=dpkg-source | -wd
- Use dpkg-buildpackage to do the clean, so that the source package is
cleaned by dpkg-source running the package's clean target. This is the
default. Requires the package's build dependencies.
- --clean=dpkg-source-d | -wdd
- Use dpkg-buildpackage -d to do the clean, so that the source
package is cleaned by dpkg-source running the package's clean target. The
build-dependencies are not checked (due to -d), which violates
policy, but may work in practice.
- -N | --new
- The package is or may be new in this suite. Without this, dgit will refuse
to push. It may (for Debian, will) be unable to access the git history for
any packages which have been newly pushed and have not yet been
- Do not complain if the working tree does not match your git HEAD. This can
be useful with build, if you plan to commit later. (dgit push will still
ensure that the .dsc you upload and the git tree you push are identical,
so this option won't make broken pushes.)
- Declare that even though your git branch is not a descendant of the
version in the archive according to the revision history, it really does
contain all the (wanted) changes from that version.
This option is useful if you are the maintainer, and you have incorporated
NMU changes into your own git workflow in a way that doesn't make your
branch a fast forward from the NMU.
previous-version ought to be the version currently in the archive. If
previous-version is not specified, dgit will check that the version
in the archive is mentioned in your debian/changelog. (This will avoid
losing changes unless someone committed to git a finalised changelog
entry, and then made later changes to that version.)
dgit push --overwrite will make a pseudo-merge (that is, something that
looks like the result of git merge -s ours) to stitch the archive's
version into your own git history, so that your push is a fast forward
from the archive.
(In quilt mode gbp, dpm or unpatched, implying a split
between the dgit view and the maintainer view, the pseudo-merge will
appear only in the dgit view.)
- Upload to a DELAYED queue.
WARNING: If the maintainer responds by cancelling your upload from
the queue, and does not make an upload of their own, this will not rewind
the git branch on the dgit git server. Other dgit users will then see your
push (with a warning message from dgit) even though the maintainer wanted
to abolish it. Such users might unwittingly reintroduce your changes.
If this situation arises, someone should make a suitable dgit push to update
the contents of dgit-repos to a version without the controversial
- Tells dgit not to look online for additional git repositories containing
information about a particular .dsc being imported. Chasing is the
For most operations (such as fetch and pull), disabling chasing means dgit
will access only the git server for the distro you are directly working
with, even if the .dsc was copied verbatim from another distro. For
import-dsc, disabling chasing means dgit will work completely offline.
Disabling chasing can be hazardous: if the .dsc names a git commit which has
been rewritten by those in charge of the distro, this option may prevent
that rewrite from being effective. Also, it can mean that dgit fails to
find necessary git commits.
- Specifies that when a split view quilt mode is in operation, and dgit
calculates (or looks up in its cache) a dgit view corresponding to your
HEAD, the dgit view will be left in ref. The specified ref is
unconditionally overwritten, so don't specify a branch you want to keep.
This option is effective only with the following operations: quilt-fixup;
push; all builds. And it is only effective with --[quilt=]gbp,
If ref does not start with refs/ it is taken to to be a branch - i.e.
refs/heads/ is prepended.
- Declare that you are deliberately doing something. This can be used
to override safety catches, including safety catches which relate to
distro-specific policies. The use of --deliberately is declared and
published in the signed tags generated for you by dgit, so that the
archive software can give effect to your intent, and for the benefit
humans looking at the history. The meanings of somethings
understood in the context of Debian are discussed below:
- Declare that you are deliberately rewinding history. When pushing to
Debian, use this when you are making a renewed upload of an entirely new
source package whose previous version was not accepted for release from
NEW because of problems with copyright or redistributibility.
- Declare that you are deliberately including, in the git history of your
current push, history which contains a previously-submitted version of
this package which was not approved (or has not yet been approved) by the
ftpmasters. When pushing to Debian, only use this option after verifying
that: none of the rejected-from-NEW (or never-accepted) versions in the
git history of your current push, were rejected by ftpmaster for copyright
or redistributability reasons.
- Declare that you are deliberately rewinding history and want to throw away
the existing repo. Not relevant when pushing to Debian, as the Debian
server will do this automatically when necessary.
- When fixing up source format `3.0 (quilt)' metadata, insist on generating
a linear patch stack: one new patch for each relevant commit. If such a
stack cannot be generated, fail. This is the default for Debian.
HEAD should be a series of plain commits (not touching debian/patches/), and
pseudomerges, with as ancestor a patches-applied branch.
- When fixing up source format `3.0 (quilt)' metadata, prefer to generate a
linear patch stack (as with --quilt=auto) but if that doesn't seem
possible, try to generate a single squashed patch for all the changes made
in git (as with --quilt=smash). This is not a good idea for an NMU in
- When fixing up source format `3.0 (quilt)' metadata, generate a single
additional patch for all the changes made in git. This is not a good idea
for an NMU in Debian.
(If HEAD has any in-tree patches already, they must apply cleanly. This will
be the case for any trees produced by dgit fetch or clone; if you do not
change the upstream version nor make changes in debian/patches, it will
- Check whether source format `3.0 (quilt)' metadata would need fixing up,
but, if it does, fail. You must then fix the metadata yourself somehow
before pushing. (NB that dpkg-source --commit will not work because the
dgit git tree does not have a .pc directory.)
- --quilt=nocheck | --no-quilt-fixup
- Do not check whether up source format `3.0 (quilt)' metadata needs fixing
up. If you use this option and the metadata did in fact need fixing up,
dgit push will fail.
- --[quilt=]gbp | --[quilt=]dpm |
- Tell dgit that you are using a nearly-dgit-compatible git branch, aka a
maintainer view, and do not want your branch changed by dgit.
--gbp (short for --quilt=gbp) is for use with
git-buildpackage. Your HEAD is expected to be a patches-unapplied git
branch, except that it might contain changes to upstream .gitignore files.
This is the default for dgit gbp-build.
--dpm (short for --quilt=dpm) is for use with git-dpm. Your
HEAD is expected to be a patches-applied git branch, except that it might
contain changes to upstream .gitignore files.
--quilt=unapplied specifies that your HEAD is a patches-unapplied git
branch (and that any changes to upstream .gitignore files are represented
as patches in debian/patches).
With --quilt=gbp|dpm|unapplied, dgit push (or precursors like quilt-fixup
and build) will automatically generate a conversion of your git branch
into the right form. dgit push will push the dgit-compatible form (the
dgit view) to the dgit git server. The dgit view will be visible to
you in the dgit remote tracking branches, but your own branch will not be
modified. dgit push will create a tag debian/version for the
maintainer view, and the dgit tag archive/debian/version for
the dgit view. dgit quilt-fixup will merely do some checks, and cache the
If you have a branch like this it is essential to specify the appropriate
--quilt= option! This is because it is not always possible to tell: a
patches-unapplied git branch of a package with one patch, for example,
looks very like a patches-applied branch where the user has used git
revert to undo the patch, expecting to actually revert it. However, if you
fail to specify the right --quilt option, and you aren't too lucky, dgit
will notice the problem and stop, with a useful hint.
- -ddistro | --distro=distro
- Specifies that the suite to be operated on is part of distro
distro. This overrides the default value found from the git config
option dgit-suite.suite.distro. The only effect is
that other configuration variables (used for accessing the archive and
dgit-repos) used are dgit-distro.distro.*.
If your suite is part of a distro that dgit already knows about, you can use
this option to make dgit work even if your dgit doesn't know about the
suite. For example, specifying -ddebian will work when the suite is
an unknown suite in the Debian archive.
To define a new distro it is necessary to define methods and URLs for
fetching (and, for dgit push, altering) a variety of information both in
the archive and in dgit-repos. How to set this up is not yet
- Specifies the .changes file which is to be uploaded. By default dgit push
looks for single .changes file in the parent directory whose filename
suggests it is for the right package and version.
If the specified changesfile pathname contains slashes, the directory
part is also used as the value for --build-products-dir; otherwise,
the changes file is expected in that directory (by default, in
- When doing a build, delete any changes files matching
package_version_*.changes before starting.
This ensures that dgit push (and dgit sbuild) will be able to unambigously
identify the relevant changes files from the most recent build, even if
there have been previous builds with different tools or options. The
default is not to remove, but --no-rm-old-changes can be used to
override a previous --rm-old-changes or the .rm-old-changes configuration
- Specifies where to find the built files to be uploaded. By default, dgit
looks in the parent directory (..).
- Do not delete the destination directory if clone fails.
- Generates a DEP-14 tag (eg debian/version) as well as a dgit
tag (eg archive/debian/version) where possible. This is the
- Do not generate a DEP-14 tag, except in split quilt view mode. (On servers
where only the old tag format is supported, the dgit tag will have the
DEP-14 name. This option does not prevent that.)
- Insist on generating a DEP-14 tag as well as a dgit tag. If the server
does not support that, dgit push will fail.
- Prints debugging information to stderr. Repeating the option produces more
output (currently, up to -DDDD is meaningfully different).
- Specifies a git configuration option, to be used for this run. dgit itself
is also controlled by git configuration options.
- -vversion|_ |
- Specifies the -vversion option to pass to dpkg-genchanges,
during builds. Changes (from debian/changelog) since this version will be
included in the built changes file, and hence in the upload. If this
option is not specified, dgit will query the archive and use the latest
version uploaded to the intended suite.
Specifying _ inhibits this, so that no -v option will be passed to
dpkg-genchanges (and as a result, only the last stanza from
debian/changelog will be used for the build and upload).
- Passed to dpkg-genchanges (eventually).
- Specifies a single additional option to pass, eventually, to
Options which are safe to pass include -C (and also -si -sa
-sd although these should never be necessary with Debian since dgit
automatically calculates whether .origs need to be uploaded.)
For other options the caveat below applies.
- --curl:option | --dput:option |...
- Specifies a single additional option to pass to curl, dput,
debsign, dpkg-source, dpkg-buildpackage,
dpkg-genchanges, sbuild, ssh, dgit,
apt-get, apt-cache, gbp-pq, gbp-build, or
mergechanges. Can be repeated as necessary.
Use of this ability should not normally be necessary. It is provided for
working around bugs, or other unusual situations. If you use these
options, you may violate dgit's assumptions about the behaviour of its
subprograms and cause lossage.
For dpkg-buildpackage, dpkg-genchanges, mergechanges and sbuild, the option
applies only when the program is invoked directly by dgit. Usually, for
passing options to dpkg-genchanges, you should use
Specifying --git is not effective for some lower-level read-only git
operations performed by dgit, and also not when git is invoked by another
program run by dgit.
See notes below regarding ssh and dgit.
NB that --gpg:option is not supported (because debsign does not have that
facility). But see -k and the keyid distro config
- --curl=program | --dput=program |...
- Specifies alternative programs to use instead of curl, dput,
debsign, dpkg-source, dpkg-buildpackage,
dpkg-genchanges, sbuild, gpg, ssh,
dgit, apt-get, apt-cache, git, gbp-pq,
gbp-build, or mergechanges.
For dpkg-buildpackage, dpkg-genchanges, mergechanges
and sbuild, this applies only when the program is invoked directly
For dgit, specifies the command to run on the remote host when dgit
rpush needs to invoke a remote copy of itself. (dgit also reinvokes itself
as the EDITOR for dpkg-source --commit; this is done using argv, and is
not affected by --dgit=).
gbp-build's value is used instead of gbp build or git-buildpackage.
(The default is the latter unless the former exists on PATH.)
gbp-pq's value is used instead of gbp pq. In both cases, unusually,
the specified value is split on whitespace to produce a command and
possibly some options and/or arguments.
For ssh, the default value is taken from the DGIT_SSH or
GIT_SSH environment variables, if set (see below). And, for ssh,
when accessing the archive and dgit-repos, this command line setting is
overridden by the git config variables
dgit-distro.distro.ssh and .dgit.default.ssh
(which can in turn be overridden with -c). Also, when dgit is using git to
access dgit-repos, only git's idea of what ssh to use (eg, GIT_SSH)
- dgit push needs to canonicalise the suite name. Sometimes, dgit lacks a
way to ask the archive to do this without knowing the name of an existing
package. Without --new we can just use the package we are trying to push.
But with --new that will not work, so we guess dpkg or use the
value of this option. This option is not needed with the default
mechanisms for accessing the archive.
- Print a usage summary.
- dgit rpush uses a temporary directory on the invoking (signing) host. This
option causes dgit to use directory instead. Furthermore, the
specified directory will be emptied, removed and recreated before dgit
starts, rather than removed after dgit finishes. The directory specified
must be an absolute pathname.
- Instructs dgit to try to proceed despite detecting what it thinks is going
to be a fatal problem. This is probably not going to work. These
options are provided as an escape hatch, in case dgit is confused. (They
might also be useful for testing error cases.)
- Tell dgit import-dsc to treat a .dsc with a Dgit field like one without
it. The result is a fresh import, discarding the git history that the
person who pushed that .dsc was working with.
- Carry on even if dgit thinks that your git tree contains changes (relative
to your .orig tarballs) which dpkg-source is not able to represent. Your
build or push will probably fail later.
- Use the set of .origs specified in your .changes, exactly, without regard
to what is in the archive already. The archive may well reject your
- Carry on despite dgit not understanding your source package format. dgit
will probably mishandle it.
- Do not check whether .dsc and .changes match. The archive will probably
reject your upload.
- --force-import-gitapply-absurd |
- Force on or off the use of the absurd git-apply emulation when running gbp
pq import when importing a package from a .dsc. See Debian bug
dgit can be configured via the git config system. You may set keys with
git-config (either in system-global or per-tree configuration), or provide
on the dgit command line.
Settings likely to be useful for an end user include:
- dgit-suite.suite.distro distro
- Specifies the distro for a suite. dgit keys off the suite name (which
appears in changelogs etc.), and uses that to determine the distro which
is involved. The config used is thereafter that for the distro.
suite may be a glob pattern.
- dgit.default.distro distro
- The default distro for an unknown suite.
- dgit.default.default-suite suite
- The default suite (eg for clone).
- for each dgit-distro.distro.*, the default value used
if there is no distro-specific setting.
- One of the values for the command line --clean= option; used if --clean is
- One of the values for the command line --quilt= option; used if --quilt is
- Boolean, used if neither --rm-old-changes nor --no-rm-old-changes is
specified. The default is not to remove.
- dgit-distro.distro.readonly auto|a |
- Whether you have push access to the distro. For Debian, it is OK to use
auto, which uses readonly mode if you are not pushing right now; but,
setting this to false will avoid relying on the mirror of the dgit git
- See also -k.
- dgit-distro.distro.mirror url
- Not relevant for Debian.
- Might be useful if you have an intermediate queue server.
- Values to configure for user.name and user.email in new git trees. If not
specified, the DEBFULLNAME and DEBEMAIL environment variables are used,
respectively. Only used if .setup-usermail is not disabled.
- Whether to set user.name and user.email in new git trees. True by default.
Ignored for dgit setup-setup-useremail, which does it anyway.
- Whether to setup a merge driver which uses dpkg-mergechangelogs for
debian/changelog. True by default. Ignored for dgit setup-mergechangelogs,
which does it anyway.
- Whether to configure .git/info/attributes to suppress checkin/checkout
file content transformations in new git trees. True by default. Ignored
for dgit setup-gitattributes, which does it anyway.
- Program to use instead of cmd. Works like
- Extra options to pass to cmd. Works like
--cmd:... . To pass several options, configure
multiple values in git config (with git config --add). The options for
dgit-distro.distro/push.opts-cmd and are all
used, followed by options from dgit's command line.
There are many other settings which specify how a particular distro's services
(archive and git) are provided. These should not normally be adjusted, but are
documented for the benefit of distros who wish to adopt dgit.
- Shown in git tags, Dgit fields, and so on.
- Used for all access configuration lookup.
- If set, overrides corresponding non /push config when
readonly=false, or when pushing and readonly=auto.
- dgit-distro.distro.archive-query ftpmasterapi:
| madison:distro | dummycat:/path |
- DGIT_SSH, GIT_SSH
- specify an alternative default program (and perhaps arguments) to use
instead of ssh. DGIT_SSH is consulted first and may contain arguments; if
it contains any whitespace will be passed to the shell. GIT_SSH specifies
just the program; no arguments can be specified, so dgit interprets it the
same way as git does. See also the --ssh= and --ssh: options.
- DEBEMAIL, DEBFULLNAME
- Default git user.email and user.name for new trees. See dgit
- gpg, dpkg-..., debsign, git, curl,
- and other subprograms and modules used by dgit are affected by various
environment variables. Consult the documentaton for those programs for
There should be a `dgit rebase-prep' command or some such to turn a
fast-forwarding branch containing pseudo-merges back into a rebasing patch
stack. It might have to leave a note for a future dgit push.
If the dgit push fails halfway through, it is not necessarily restartable and
idempotent. It would be good to check that the proposed signing key is
available before starting work.
dgit's build functions, and dgit push, may make changes to your current HEAD.
Sadly this is necessary for packages in the `3.0 (quilt)' source format. This
is ultimately due to what I consider design problems in quilt and dpkg-source.
--dry-run does not always work properly, as not doing some of the git fetches
may result in subsequent actions being different. Doing a non-dry-run dgit
fetch first will help. --damp-run is likely to work much better.