git 1.6 is available in debian experimental. I want to use it under debian stable (etch).
Let's backport it.
Kudos to Steve Kemp for walking me through this.
First you need dget installed:
aptitude install devscripts
Now - let's grab the experimental source and unpack it:
dget http://ftp.de.debian.org/debian/pool/main/g/git-core/git-core_22.214.171.124-1.dsc dpkg-source -x *.dsc
Let's take a look - change into the directory:
We need to make a couple of small changes.
On the top line I changed experimental to stable and added -chris-1 to the version (I do not want my deb to cause issues when updates to debian mean that I'm going to get a real 1.6 git deb).
Look for the Build-depends line. Remove the versions from asciidoc and docbook-xsl - and change tcl from 8.5 to 8.4 - I ended up with:
Build-Depends: libz-dev, libcurl4-gnutls-dev | libcurl3-gnutls-dev, asciidoc, xmlto, docbook-xsl, libexpat1-dev, subversion, libsvn-perl | libsvn-core-perl, unzip, tcl8.4, gettext, cvs, cvsps, libdbd-sqlite3-perl
Now let's build
It will complain about missing .orig files in the parent dir (since we changed the version numbers). Say yes to continue. It will complain about missing deps (unless you have them all) I had to run:
sudo aptitude install libcurl3-gnutls-dev asciidoc xmlto docbook-xsl libexpat1-dev libsvn-perl cvsps libdbd-sqlite3-perl
It will complain about missing .orig files in the parent dir (since we changed the version numbers). Say yes to continue. The build starts. And it runs tests. Lots and lots and lots of tests (good eh?).
At the end I got some signing errors - I don't have a key matching the e-mail address in the changelog file. The deb's are already created at this point.