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Launchpad supports hosting Git repositories. This is distinct from the code import facility that Launchpad has included for many years; it is now possible to host Git repositories on Launchpad directly.

Git repositories use a somewhat different model from Bazaar branches: operations such as cloning happen at the level of a repository, but it is common for a single repository to contain many branches. This means that the Launchpad interface needs to be laid out somewhat differently to support that.

What's supported?

This summary is up-to-date as of November 2016.

Launchpad supports Git hosting. This means that you can:

What will be supported?

Launchpad's Bazaar support has grown many features over the years, and it will take some time to bring our Git support up to full parity with it. Here's an incomplete list of some of the features we expect to add:

Here's a short list of known bugs that you don't need to tell us about:

Configuring Git

Git identifies repositories using URLs. Unlike Bazaar, there is no built-in abbreviation for repositories hosted on Launchpad, but it is very easy to add such a thing yourself. Edit ~/.gitconfig and add these lines, where USER is your Launchpad username:

[url "git+ssh://"]
        insteadof = lp:

This allows you to type git clone lp:REPOSITORY instead of git clone git+ssh://

The rest of this documentation assumes that you have configured Git this way.

For personal repositories, you can also add:

[url "git+ssh://"]
        insteadof = lpme:

Note that this "personal" namespace should only be used for repositories that aren't part of any Launchpad project or package, e.g. ad-hoc experiments. If you're pushing a fork of a project, for example, you should push it to lp:~USER/PROJECT instead.

You should check the fingerprint of when prompted to do so by SSH.

Getting code

You can fetch the default repository for a project like this:

$ git clone lp:PROJECT

For example, git clone lp:launchpad fetches Launchpad itself (or will once we've finished converting it to Git!).

To keep your local clone up to date, run:

$ git pull

Pushing code

You can add a "remote" to your repository like this, if you own the project:

$ git remote add origin lp:PROJECT

Or like this (where USER is your Launchpad username), if you do not own the project:

$ git remote add origin lp:~USER/PROJECT

Now, you can push a branch using a command such as this:

$ git push origin my-changes

Repository URLs

Every Git repository hosted on Launchpad has a full "canonical" URL of one of these forms (these are the versions you'd use in a web browser; you only need to change the scheme and host parts for the command-line Git client):
This identifies a repository for an upstream project.
This identifies a repository for a source package in a distribution.
This identifies a "personal" repository with no particular connection to any project or package (like "+junk" in Launchpad's Bazaar code hosting).

These are unique, but can involve quite a lot of typing, and in most cases there's no need for more than one repository per owner and target (project or package). Launchpad therefore has the notion of "default repositories". A repository can be the default for a target, in which case it has one of these forms:
This is the default repository for an upstream project.
This is the default repository for a source package in a distribution.

Or a repository can be a person's or a team's default for a target, in which case it has one of these forms:
This is an owner's default repository for an upstream project.
This is an owner's default repository for a source package in a distribution.

We expect that projects hosting their code on Launchpad will normally have their primary repository set as the default for the project, and contributors will normally push to branches in owner-default repositories. The extra flexibility with named repositories allows for situations such as separate private repositories containing embargoed security fixes.

Linking to bugs

Git-based merge proposals can be linked to Launchpad bugs. This can be done manually from the web UI for the merge proposal, but normally you should just mention the Launchpad bug in the commit message of one of the commits you want to merge. The required commit message text to link to bugs #XXX and #YYY looks like this:


Technically, the commit message needs to match this regular expression, case-insensitively:


This is the same pattern used to match Launchpad bug references in debian/changelog files in source packages.

Bugs are not automatically closed when merge proposals land, because the policy for when that should happen varies from project to project: for example, projects often only close bugs when they make releases, or when their code is deployed to production sites.

Users familiar with Bazaar on Launchpad should note that the model for Git bug linking is slightly different: bugs are linked to merge proposals rather than to individual branches. This difference is mainly because individual branches within a Git repository are often much more ephemeral than Bazaar branches.

Mirroring repositories from other sites

You can tell Launchpad to create a repository which is imported from some other site. There are two ways to set this up.

  1. This method is preferred in the common case of importing the upstream repository for a project.
    • Go to the main page in Launchpad for a project you maintain, and follow the "Code" link under "Configuration options".
    • Set "Version control system" to "Git" if necessary.
    • Select "Import a Git repository hosted somewhere else".
    • Fill in the repository name (this should normally just be the project name).
    • Set the repository owner if necessary (defaults to you, can be any public team you participate in).
    • Fill in the URL of the remote repository.
    • Launchpad will create the repository, set it as the default for your project, and schedule an import.
  2. This method is useful for other cases, such as importing repositories that are not the primary upstream repository for a project.
    • Go to the "Request a code import" page.

    • Select "Git" for both the version control system and the target version control system.
    • Fill in the other details as above.
    • Launchpad will create the repository and schedule an import, but in this case it will not set it as the default for your project.

In either case, Launchpad will mirror the whole repository from the remote site, and will keep its copy up to date regularly. You won't be able to push directly to the imported repository on Launchpad, but you can create another repository in the same project and push branches to that, and even create merge proposals if you want (though you may have to tell the upstream maintainer about them separately!). You can create source package recipes or snap packages based on branches in the imported repository.

Converting from Bazaar to Git

There are several useful recommendations online for how to convert from Bazaar to Git. Here's one way that preserves tags and does a pretty good job for relatively simple Bazaar branches.

$ cd /some/place  # parent directory of Bazaar branch
$ mkdir new-git-repo
$ cd new-git-repo
$ git init .
$ bzr fast-export --export-marks=../marks.bzr ../old-bzr-branch | git fast-import --export-marks=../marks.git
$ git checkout master

Now the new-git-repo directory is a Git repository with history equivalent to your old Bazaar branch. You should push it somewhere, and to ensure that everything is correct you should re-clone it locally to whatever final destination path you want to work in.

If you have several different Bazaar branches that form part of the same project, or if your Bazaar branches constitute packaging for a project whose upstream is in revision control elsewhere, then you may well want to do a more careful conversion. For this, reposurgeon is an excellent tool: it gives you a language for describing the transformations you want to make to your input branches, so you can run the migration several times with different tweaks before deciding that the result is the one you want to publish to the world.

Once you're ready to use Git by default for your project, you can configure this from (which is linked from the "Configuration Progress" section of the main project page on Launchpad).

Code/Git (last edited 2016-11-18 13:58:55 by cjwatson)