GARCHIVEDIR for git and hg

Dagobert Michelsen dam at
Thu Sep 8 12:12:06 CEST 2016

Hi Carsten,

Am 08.09.2016 um 11:10 schrieb cgrzemba at
> I fiddle a little around the use of mercurial repos.
> For GIT the steps are:
> fetch - clone the remote repo to DOWNLOADDIR,

The reason for GARCHIVEDIR is that stuff doesn’t get downloaded all over again every time
a spotless/package is done.

> but if there already a cloned repo in GARCHIVEDIR (/home/src) it will take this and don't connect to the remote repository (target gitrepo:).

This seems wrong. It can clone from GARCHIVEDIR, but should then also pull from origin
and push back to GARCHIVEDIR.

> If no repo in GARCHIVEDIR, mgar will clone the remote repository to DOWNLOADDIR.
> makesums - don't create checksums, but copies the git repo from DONWLOADDIR to GARCHIVEDIR, if it not exists already (target $(GARCHIVEDIR)/%:)

Hmm… maybe checksums should contain the GIT Revision.

> extract - creates an archive from repo in DONWLOADDIR and extracts the archive in WORKDIR.

The Repo should be cloned and a new branch for patches in GAR should be created instead of
creating a new GIT Repository, this would make it easier to track patches. Also the cloned
repo in workdir/ could probably include a remote for garchive to permanently push patches

> This leads to some unexpected behavior if the repo in GARCHIVEDIR gets old. So if you get some mysterious errors with fetch a GIT_REPOS it is a good idea to delete the repo in GARCHIVEDIR.
> Related to the trouble with old repositories in GARCHIVEDIR I am wondering if it better not to use GARCHIVEDIR for GIT and Mercurial repositories?
> Or create an archive of the remote repo with name DISTNAME.tar.gz in GARCHIVEDIR instead of copy of the repo? So you can see the version of the source, sure only if the tag is not HEAD or tip.
> Any thoughts?

Yes :-)

Best regards

 — Dago

"You don't become great by trying to be great, you become great by wanting to do something,
and then doing it so hard that you become great in the process." - xkcd #896

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