gbp-clone -- Clone a repository from remote


gbp clone [--version] [--help] [--verbose] [--color=[auto|on|off]] [--color-scheme=COLOR_SCHEME] [--all] [--[no-]pristine-tar] [--debian-branch=branch_name] [--upstream-branch=branch_name] [--depth=depth] [--reference=repository] [--postclone=COMMAND] [--[no-]hooks] repository [directory]


gbp clone clones a remote repository and sets up tracking branches for the debian, upstream and pristine-tar branches. This way you can easily update later using gbp pull.



Print version of the program, i.e. version of the git-buildpackage suite

-v, --verbose

Verbose execution

-h, --help

Print help and exit


Whether to use colored output.


Colors to use in output (when color is enabled). The format for COLOR_SCHEME is '<debug>:<info>:<warning>:<error>'. Numerical values and color names are accepted, empty fields imply the default color. For example, --git-color-scheme='cyan:34::' would show debug messages in cyan, info messages in blue and other messages in default (i.e. warning and error messages in red).


Track all branches, not only debian and upstream.


The branch in the Git repository the Debian package is being developed on, default is master.


The branch in the Git repository the upstream sources are put onto. Default is upstream.


Git history depth, for creating shallow git clones.


Local repository to use as alternate instead of re-copying data from remote repository.


Track pristine tar branch.


Enable running hooks.


Execute COMMAND after cloning the source from the remote.

Exported environment variables are: GBP_GIT_DIR (the repository the package is being built from).

Note that if you clone a repository that contains a hook configuration in debian/gbp.conf this hook will not be run automatically to prevent execution of untrusted code.


The (possibly remote) repository to clone from.


The directory to clone to.


Clone a repository and setup a tracking branch for pristine-tar as well:

      gbp clone --pristine-tar git://


Several gbp.conf files are parsed to set defaults for the above command-line arguments. See the gbp.conf(5)> manpage for details.


gbp-buildpackage(1)>, gbp-pull(1)>, gbp.conf(5)>


Guido Guenther