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Subject[PATCH] README (resend) - Explain new 2.6.xx.x version number
This one ended up in the void last time without any comments.

Daniel Andersen


diff -urN linux/README.orig linux/README
--- linux/README.orig 2004-08-14 07:37:40.000000000 +0200
+++ linux/README 2004-08-27 17:16:55.107413637 +0200
@@ -76,6 +76,23 @@
the backup files (xxx~ or xxx.orig), and make sure that there are no
failed patches (xxx# or xxx.rej). If there are, either you or me has
made a mistake.
+ As of kernel 2.6.8 there was a bug-fix release numbering scheme
+ introduced. In such cases a fourth number is added to the release
+ version, eg. When patching from a 2.6.xx(.x) release to a
+ newer version, patches are to be applied against the original
+ release, eg. 2.6.8 and not the bug-fix release In case of a
+ bug-fix release such as if eg. is released after 2.6.9 has
+ been released, 2.6.9 is still to be considered the newest kernel
+ release of all current kernels. Old patches can be reversed by
+ adding the "-R" option to the patch tool.
+ Example to apply a bugfix release patch:
+ bzip2 -dc ../patch- | patch -p1
+ Example to apply a new release on a bugfix tree:
+ bzip2 -dc ../patch- | patch -p1 -R
+ bzip2 -dc ../patch-2.6.9.bz2 | patch -p1

Alternatively, the script patch-kernel can be used to automate this
process. It determines the current kernel version and applies any
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