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Ubuntu maintains it own set of Bazaar branches and Git repositories for OpenStack core projects on Launchpad.

OpenStack releases prior to Liberty are maintained in Bazaar, Liberty onwards are maintained in Git.

Git Configuration

First, you'll want to setup git to simplify your work-flow. See 'Configuring Git' in the Launchpad git documentation.


The OpenStack packaging git repositories all make use of git-buildpackage and pristine-tar for managing upstream release tarballs.

For a general overview of git-buildpackage see the Debian documentation. This wiki page details the specifics of how we use these tools in Ubuntu.


The current development release packaging is maintained under the 'master' branch; released versions of OpenStack will mirror upstream branch management - i.e. stable/liberty.

Cloning a git repository

If you are running on the latests Ubuntu release, then the following should dtrt:

debcheckout --git-track='*' <projectname>

for example

debcheckout --git-track='*' nova

Using the git-track option ensures that all required branches are automatically setup - for example:

$ git branch
* master

The 'upstream' and 'pristine-tar' branches are used by git-buildpackage to manage the upstream release tarballs.

If you're not on the latest Ubuntu release then directly clone the repository and checkout the branches:

git clone lp:~ubuntu-server-dev/ubuntu/+source/nova
git checkout pristine-tar
git checkout upstream
git checkout master

Building a source package

Use the buildpackage subcommand of gbp:

gbp buildpackage -S

The source package will be places in ../build-area.

Making a packaging change

Make your packaging changes as you normally would under the debian folder; then use 'git add' to add the changed files to the staging area; if you have added an appropriate changelog comment then:


will DTRT and annotate the git commit with the changelog entry details - you get a chance to edit this if you have provided anything other than a single line entry to the changelog.

Updating to a new release

First, grab the new upstream release:

uscan --verbose --rename

this will drop the orig.tar.gz into the parent folder of the git repository. Then use git-buildpackage to import the archive:

gbp import-orig ../nova_12.0.0~b1.orig.tar.gz

This action will import the content into the upstream branch, create the required pristine-tar data and place it in the pristine-tar branch, and then merge the upstream branch into the master branch (or stable branch).

Pushing updates to Launchpad

To push any local commits and tags to Launchpad:

git push --all
git push --tags

NOTE: you need to be a member of the ubuntu-server-dev team to be able todo this - this includes all Ubuntu Core Developers.

Contributors - pushing a personal repository to Launchpad

To push any local commits and tags to Launchpad:

git push --all lp:~<launchpad-id>/ubuntu/+source/nova
git push --tags lp:~<launchpad-id>/ubuntu/+source/nova

Contributors - proposing a merge

Navigate to the URL of your pushed repository:<launchpad-id>/ubuntu/+source/nova/+git/nova

Propose each branch separately:

  • Click on the branch name and 'Propose for merging'
  • Select the target repository: lp:~ubuntu-server-dev/ubuntu/+source/nova
  • Select the target reference path: master, upstream, or pristine-tar

OpenStack/CorePackages (last edited 2022-02-28 15:39:15 by corey.bryant)