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SubjectRe: keep in sync with -mm tree?
Reuben Farrelly <reuben-lkml@reub.net> wrote:
>

Please retain the cc line.

> On 8/11/2005 4:00 p.m., Andrew Morton wrote:
> > Coywolf Qi Hunt <coywolf@gmail.com> wrote:
> >> Hello,
> >>
> >> We can always keep in sync with the current Linus tree through his git
> >> tree. But from where can we keep in sync with the current -mm tree?
> >> ie, when somethings added to -mm, how do we get that too?
> >
> > You can't. The patches in -mm spend 90% of their time in an untested,
> > often-doesn't-compile state. It's only in the 24-48 hours preceding a
> > release that I actually start build- and run-time testing it all.
>
> Would it be at all useful if a small (and for feedback purposes only possibly
> known) subset of users were to give the -mm releases a basic compile and build
> before a proper -mm is released? ie in the 24 hours preceding a formal -mm
> release, to shake out the most obvious brown paper bag problems? I know -mm
> is a testbed but still, it must surely be better if the big bulk of those
> (unknown number x) people who try it don't need to further patch it to get it
> to at least build. It also allows comments like "EDAC is known to not compile
> on i386 with SMP, we are bugging Alan already about it" to be clearly stated
> at the time it is released.
>
> Personally I seem to have my share of compile, symbol and oopses that are
> fairly obvious and are visible within 5 mins of booting up, and I'd be willing
> to spare 15 mins once every couple of weeks or so to do a primitive regression
> test on this and report back. I can build on i386 and possibly x86_64 if need be.
>
> Andrew, what do you think?

Maybe. I'll take a look at uploading a nightly rollup as well.

> >> The only way now seems to check the mm-commits list. Is it possible to
> >> expose akpm's working folder somewhere for convenience?
> >
> > Well I suppose I could upload stuff to
> > ftp://ftp.kernel.org/pub/linux/kernel/people/akpm/mm/ daily. Then it's
> > trivial to install mm-of-the-day as a quilt series.
> >
> > <does crontab -e>
> >
> > Let me know how it goes..
>
> Last time I tried a broken-out- tarball I ended up watching a heap of fuzzy
> apply's then a part of the patch which was entirely rejected, leaving only the
> first half of the broken-out mm patch applied and my tree in a busted half
> patched state.

That would be atypicel ;)
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