Re: New package maintainer (assistant)
> > run pristine-tar commit with the downloaded tarball against
> > upstream/$VERSION
> What's the advantage of this approach over just using
As I said, that the debian packaging shares git history with upstreams master
I've used this advantage once with GWT. I had to patch upstream to revert a
change. Since I have the upstream history I could just run git revert to have
a proper patch for debian/patches.
It's also a nice thing if you interact with upstream to have the upstream git
history at your hand. And I prefer to have one git repo instead of two.
It might also be handy to package upstream snapshot from git commits even if
upstream hasn't released a tarball.
I don't see any disadvantage with this approach, only that there's no
automated toolset yet AFAIK. Having upstreams history included shouldn't
consume much more disk space then the git-import-orig approach.
Actually I just filled wishbug #694955 to let git-import-orig support this
Thomas Koch, http://www.koch.ro