The list of all the available repositories of the Debian Live Project can be found at ‹http://live.debian.net/gitweb/›. The project's git URLs have the form: protocol://live.debian.net/git/repository. Thus, in order to clone live-manual read-only, launch:
$ git clone git://live.debian.net/git/live-manual.git
$ git clone https://live.debian.net/git/live-manual.git
$ git clone http://live.debian.net/git/live-manual.git
The cloning addresses with write permission have the form: firstname.lastname@example.org:/repository.
So, again, to clone live-manual over ssh you must type:
$ git clone email@example.com:live-manual.git
The git tree is made up of several different branches. The debian and the debian-next branches are particularly noteworthy because they contain the actual work that will eventually be included in each new release.
After cloning any of the existing repositories, you will be on the debian branch. This is appropriate to take a look at the state of the project's latest release but before starting work it is crucial to switch to the debian-next branch. To do so:
$ git checkout debian-next
The debian-next branch, which is not always fast-forward, is where all the changes are committed first before being merged into the debian branch. To make an analogy, it is like a testing ground. If you are working on this branch and need to pull, you will have to do a git pull --rebase so that your local modifications are staged while pulling from the server and then your changes will be put on top of it all.
If you intend to clone several of the Debian Live repositories and want to switch to the debian-next branch right away to check the latest code, write a patch or contribute with a translation you ought to know that the git server provides a mrconfig file to ease the handling of multiple repositories. In order to use it you need to install the mr package and after that, launch:
$ mr bootstrap http://live.debian.net/other/mr/mrconfig
This command will automatically clone and checkout to the debian-next branch the development repositories of the Debian packages produced by the project. These include, among others, the live-images repository, which contains the configurations used for the prebuilt images that the project publishes for general use. For more information on how to use this repository, see Clone a configuration published via Git