I've recently added a hook in my git repository to send all my commits to identi.ca.
Managing the puppet manifest using a vcs is a best practice and there is a lot of material on the web. The easier way to do it, is to use git directly in the directory /etc/puppet and use a simple synchronization strategy with an external repo, either to publish your work, or simply to keep a backup somewhere.
Things are a bit more complicated when you would like to co-administer the machine with multiple people. Setting up user accounts, permission and everything can be a pain in the neck.
There is an easier method to do all this using gbp-clone as described here. Ah !
Then to build the package, you just need to suggest git-buildpackage where to find the pristin-tar :
or you could simply describe (as suggested) the layout in debian/gbp.conf.
I'm definitely fed up with the lack of feature of svn. I always end up making backup copies of files, committing the wrong patch set, being unable to cherry-pick what to commit, not to talk about branching, merging and other marry activities. So today I overcome my laziness and setup a git svn repository for dose3 (since it's all there, go ahead, and be happy!).
The concept of git svn if pretty easy. You work with git, and from time to time, you commit in svn.
If you use github.com to host your projects these are two things to remember:
http://github.com/$user/$proj/tarball/masteryou can create a tag in your repo, push it to github and enjoy and new link in the download tab. Then you can download your project as
http://github.com/$user/$proj/tarball/0.1where 0.1 is the tag.
I've packaged latexdiff for debian, that is a small utility to generate latex files with revision markers from multiple versions of the same file. While packaging this utility I've learned about two very nice tools to help the debian maintainers: git-buildpackage and topgit.
Regarding git-buildpackage there is an extensive manual that should get you started :
Topgit documentation is a bit sparse.
tg help should guide you for syntax. The README file in the tg distribution is full of examples.