The Debian Games Team currently uses either git or svn to help in maintaining packages. This page will help you get started in using either git or svn repositories.


Most of the packages are independent from each other. In svn, a [trunk,tags,branches}/<package> scheme is used with only the debian directory stored. The .orig.tar.gz files in such a case are stored in /var/lib/gforge/chroot/home/groups/pkg-games/htdocs/tarballs in the alioth servers. They can be accessed online at In git, each package has it's own repository. The contents of the orig tarball are stored directly within each package's repository, inside the 'upstream' branch. The pristine-tar program can be used to regenerate an orig tarball from the upstream branch.

Setting up

The first thing to do is get an account on Visit the following link.

The next step is to join the team. Visit the Alioth page for the team and click on "request to join".

Next, you will need an ssh key for each computer you plan on working on packages with. If you don't have a key on a particular system, create one.

$ ssh-keygen

This should have created an RSA key for SSH protocol 2 by default. Upload the contents of your public keys (~/.ssh/ to your account in Alioth. To do this, copy the contents of each public key for your machines and paste them at the following link.

Next, create an SSH configuration file (~/.ssh/config) for your user profile to work with the alioth servers. Here's how to do the following in a terminal session.

$ cat >>~/.ssh/config <<EOF
        User <username>

        User <username>

        User <username>

Now you should be able to logon from each of your machines by doing the following.

$ ssh
$ ssh
$ ssh

Note: There's usually a one hour delay when uploading your ssh public keys. During this delay, you can still login with your password.


This section describes how to create a git repository for a package as well as convert from the svn layout.

Global git Configuration

First, you'll need to setup your global git configiration file (~/.gitconfig) with your name and email address. This is so commit messages show up with your name and email address automatically.

$ git config --global "<your name>"
$ git config --global "<your email address>"

Creating a git repository

These steps involve creating a brand new git repository for your package. If you are converting from svn, please see the "Converting from svn repository" section below.

Here's a simple way to create a git repository using the supplied setup-repository script in the /git/pkg-games directory on the alioth servers.

$ ssh <username>
$ cd /git/pkg-games
$ ./setup-repository <package> '<package description>'

If you want to manually create the repository, the rest of this section describes how to do so.

$ ssh <username>
$ cd /git/pkg-games
$ mkdir <package>.git
$ cd <package>.git
$ git --bare init --shared

Now edit the 'description' file in the directory you just created to one that is appropriate for the package.

$ echo "Packaging for <package>" >description

Let's also enable the use of 'hooks/post-update'.

$ chmod a+x hooks/post-update

The following will enable the games team to receive commit mails and irc notifications about commits. Please do the following.