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Using Bzr on Alioth

Creating a new public Bzr repository (for a new project)

See Alioth/FAQ#vcs-repos. FusionForge will create a directory named /srv/bzr.debian.org/bzr/project-name owned by your project group which will be accessible by bzr using sftp, bzr-over-ssh (recommended), rsync-over-ssh, or http for read-only access. To push a new branch to the server using Bazaar over SSH say:

   bzr push --create-prefix bzr+ssh://<user>@bzr.debian.org/bzr/<group>/whatever

Using --create-prefix causes any new elements in the path to be created. You may also want to use the --remember option to make this the default destination for future pushes.

To check out or branch from the server with read/write access you can use Bazaar over an SSH transport like this:

    bzr checkout bzr+ssh://<user>@bzr.debian.org/bzr/<group>/whatever

(or bzr branch if you'd like). Anonymous users can get read-only access with:

    bzr branch http://anonscm.debian.org/bzr/<group>/whatever

If you intend to host several related branches on Alioth, it might be advisable to use a shared repository for them, in order to save space and speed up operations (revisions common to several branches are only stored once in a shared repository, instead of once per branch). To do that, you'll first have to initialise the repository with:

    bzr init-repo bzr+ssh://<user>@bzr.debian.org/bzr/<group>/whatever

Any new branches you create in subdirectories, such as /bzr/<group>/whatever/stable and /bzr/<group>/whatever/devel, will store their revision data in the repository.

Using personal bzr repositories

It is also possible to have personal bzr repositories. Just log in on bzr.debian.org, then

$ mkdir ~/public_bzr

and put your bzr repositories there, e.g. <project>.

After a few hours they will be automatically detected and listed on http://bzr.debian.org. The repositories are available through the following URLs:

$ bzr branch http://anonscm.debian.org/bzr/users/<login>/<project>
$ bzr branch bzr+ssh://<login>@bzr.debian.org/bzr/users/<login>/<project>

Commit Mail Hooks

I really should ask for Alioth maintainers to install a bzr-email plugin.

Here we go:

$ bzr branch lp:bzr-email ~/.bazaar/plugins/email
$ cat << EOF >> path/to/bzr-branch/.bzr/branch/branch.conf
post_commit_to = "sourcepackage-cvs@packages.qa.debian.org"
post_commit_sender = "team-mailing-list@lists.alioth.debian.org"
post_commit_push_pull = True
public_branch = http://anonscm.debian.org/bzr/users/joanne-guest/branch
EOF

Enjoy email notifications from bzr =) there is CIA plugin installed so you should be able to get CIA commits as well =)


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