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Better commit message handling for osc

April 16th, 2009 by

If you are familiar with SUSE packages, you probably know about .changes files, which is used for tracking changes. This file has a defined structure and is converted to common %changelog section in spec file during build of package. It worked well with many internal tools and everyone was happy in those old good times ;-).

Nowadays, we had a BuildService and osc, which has it owns commit log. I have aimed to keep the content of changes and osc changelog synchronized. But manual copying of it is not very reliable approach. So I wrote a small patch (and Adrian gives me a write access, so it is a r7099), which checks changes in it and add them to commit message as a template, so it will be easier to keep them synchronized.

How it works:

vi package.spec # do some changes
vc -m "some changes done" # vc is an internal command
osc commit

and osc will open an editor with content like this

  1 - some changes done
  2 --This line, and those below, will be ignored--
  4 M    package.changes
  6 Diff for working copy: .
  7 Index: package.changes
  8 ===================================================================
 10 --- package.changes     (revision 19)
 11 +++ package.changes     (working copy)
 12 @@ -1,3 +1,8 @@
 13 +-------------------------------------------------------------------
 14 +Thu Apr 16 16:00:58 CEST 2009 - mvyskocil@suse.cz
 15 +
 16 +- some changes done
 17 +
 18  -------------------------------------------------------------------
 19  Thu Apr 16 15:37:52 CEST 2009 - mvyskocil@suse.cz

Now you can type :w (save) for commit, or :q! (quit without saving) for abort. The behavior of -m argument is unchanged.

100 packages in Contrib

January 26th, 2009 by

Last month we started a new project called Contrib. It’s a shiny new community repository for openSUSE. In opposite of specialized repository (eg. Security:), Contrib is universal. It doesn’t matters if your package is a desktop application, or a network tool. Every type of package is welcome.

Today, we celebrated a package number 100 (gparted)! Thanks to all involved folks!

One hundred packages doesn’t look like a big repository, but consider we are active about a month and half and this is an important milestone for us. The bigger repository should be more attractive for end users, and a package maintainers too.

Users wanted
Contrib release cycle is same as Factory, but we want to help users to use it now. So Contrib is also available for 11.1. So just add the repository and start to use it! It help us!

zypper ar http://download.opensuse.org/repositories/openSUSE:/Factory:/Contrib/openSUSE_11.1/ openSUSE_Factory_Contrib

Package/rs wanted
If you maintain some interesting package in your home: project (or elsewhere), please follow instructions – New packages to Contrib and add your package to Contrib, so many users of openSUSE would use it!