I'm quite new to git. 

For a project I use git with a dev branch. If it get's stable, it is merged 
to master.

Now I have to maintain different versions of the software. (for example 
v1.0 and v2.0)

What is the best way to handle a hotfix for the old version v1.0? 

I know, I can create a hotfix branch. But what to do after that?

Should I maintain this hotfix branch forever or is it better to merge the 
hotfix somehow into the master branch? 

Currently I have to integrate a hotfix for v1.0. It's about a feature, 
which was removed in v2.0. So I think it's not a good idea to merge it back 
to master. But is it really a good idea to maintain a long running branch 
for every version?

For tips, I am grateful.

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