This is directly lifted from the work of Ciaran McCreesh and can be found in its original form on his blog. This will be updated to match changes there as possible.

Ciaranm’s original Exherbo Development Workflow post (a precursor to this document) seemed to have become the standard way of doing things. However, it does rather assume that you are developing on most repositories most of the time. When that’s not the case, a new feature named “sync suffixes” may be of use. With sync suffixes, a typical workflow now looks like this:

Repositories are configured as normal, with their sync set to point to the usual remote location. In addition, for any repository you are going to work on, you use a sync suffix to specify a local path too. For example:

    sync = git:// local: git+file:///home/users/ciaranm/repos/arbor

where /home/users/ciaranm/repos/arbor is a personal copy of the repository that is entirely unrelated to the checkout Paludis uses.

Normally, when you sync, you’ll be syncing against upstream. But when you want to do some work:

Some things to note:

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