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pkgkde-vcs - a helper tool for Debian pkg-kde VCS repositories.


pkgkde-vcs [-vy] subcommand [ SUBCOMMAND OPTIONS ] [ -- EXTERNAL TOOL OPTIONS ]

pkgkde-git [-vy] subcommand [ SUBCOMMAND OPTIONS ] [ -- EXTERNAL TOOL OPTIONS ]


pkgkde-vcs is a helper tool which aims to simplify a couple of routine tasks associated
with packaging management in version control system (VCS) repositories. pkgkde-vcs
transparently supports VCSes used by Debian Qt/KDE maintainer groups wrapping various VCS
related command sequences into a convenient CLI interface. Please note that this helper
enforces the best practises and packaging conventions adopted by Debian Qt/KDE maintainer
groups and therefore it should not be considered as a general purpose packaging helper.

pkgkde-vcs should be run from the fully checked out packaging repository of the package it
is supposed to act upon. Firstly, it attempts to detect a VCS in use for the particular
packaging in the working directory. Please note, that the detection might fail if
underlying VCS utilities are not installed. If you want or have to force a specific VCS
type, run the command as pkgkde-$vcs, for example pkgkde-git.

If detection is successful, pkgkde-vcs will perform tasks as defined for the specified
subcommand (e.g. tag). Different set of subcommands might be defined for each VCS and each
of them might accept a different set of SUBCOMMAND OPTIONS (see below). All locally
unrecognized subcommand options (or the ones specified as EXTERNAL TOOL OPTIONS after --)
will be passed to the external VCS tool(s) which pkgkde-vcs executes to do the job.

pkgkde-vcs accepts a couple of common options which apply to the helper as whole or are
common for all VCSes it supports. They should be passed before subcommand in order to be

Even if pkgkde-vcs does extensive sanity checks before doing anything, an underlying
command it executes might still fail. Then pkgkde-vcs will terminate immediately possibly
leaving repository in an inconsistent state. It is up to a user to recover from such a

At the moment, pkgkde-vcs supports only Git VCS.


Common options
-y By default, execution of the first external command that makes changes to the
repository has to be explicitly confirmed by user. However, if this option is
specified, the first command will be run without confirmation.

-n Do not run any external commands that make changes to the repository. Useful with
-v to see what commands with what options would be run.

-v Be more verbose (e.g. show external commands as they are executed).

Pass additional EXTERNAL TOOL OPTIONS to the external commands pkgkde-vcs executes
to accomplish the task. See documentations of the specific subcommand for more


In order to use pkgkde-vcs with Git, git(1) must be available in PATH. Bare Git
repositories are not supported and Git repository should be in the fully checked out state
(except clone). The following subcommands for Git repositories are supported at the

clone Clone the specified pkg-kde git repository. This subcommand should be specified by
forcing VCS to git, i.e. by running pkgkde-git command rather than pkgkde-vcs.

Repository should be specified relatively to the root of the official pkg-kde
repository tree. Once operation is complete, the cloned repository will be put at
the same relative location on the local filesystem and update-config (see below)
will be executed on it.

For example, in order to clone kde4libs repository from kde-sc, akonadi repository
from kde-req and pkg-kde-tools repository from the root tree, execute:

$ pkgkde-git clone kde-sc/kde4libs

$ pkgkde-git clone kde-req/akonadi

$ pkgkde-git clone pkg-kde-tools

tag Tag current packaging state (HEAD) as upload to Debian archive. Repository working
tree must be clean before executing this subcommand. Current package version and
target distribution are automatically determined from debian/changelog.
Distribution must be a valid Debian suite in order to avoid tagging of unfinished
(aka UNRELEASED) revisions.

The subcommand will create an annotated Git tag under "debian/" namespace. The
subcommand itself does not accept any additional options. All EXTERNAL TOOL OPTIONS
(if specified) and will be passed to git tag invocation. It is recommended to sign
tags by specifying -s option.

The tag created by pkgkde-vcs tag will meet the following requirements:

· The tag will named as "debian/<version>" where <version> is a full debian
package version without epoch. All occurrences of the ~ character in
<version> will be replaced with the - character because Git does not support
~ character in tag names.

· The tag will be assigned the message with content like
<version>/<distribution>" where <version> is a full debian version of the
package (without any modifications including epoch) and <distribution> is
the distribution this package is uploaded.

For example, a standard pkgkde-vcs tag will execute the following under the hood
(assuming version is 1:2.3.4-5 and distribution is experimental):

$ git tag debian/2.3.4-5 -m "1:2.3.4-5/experimental"

Do some common configuration on the checked out packaging repository. At the
moment, the subcommand performs the following:

· Set up master branch and debian tags for pushing. -f option may be specified
to force update of the pushing configuration even if some pushing
configuration already exists.

· Set repository user name and email address to the values of the DEBFULLNAME
and DEBEMAIL environment variables respectively. -f option may be specified
to override the values even if the repository has some specified already.

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