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    SubjectRe: [PATCH] Kernel .patches support
    On Friday 24 June 2005 09:36, Adrian Bunk wrote:
    > On Thu, Jun 23, 2005 at 11:58:27PM +0200, Christian Hesse wrote:
    > > Hi everybody,
    > >
    > > every time I apply a patch to my kernel tree I (or my scripts) make an
    > >
    > > echo $PATCHNAME $PATCHVERSION >> .patches
    > >
    > > This patch makes the file accessible via /proc/patches.gz. I think this
    > > can be handy if you want to know what patches you (or your distributor)
    > > applied to your running kernel...
    > >...
    > > Let me know what you think.
    > To be honest, I'm not a fan of it.
    > If e.g. looking at a Debian kernel source that has 289 different patches
    > with names like tty-locking-fixes7 applied, you'll see that this often
    > won't give you much valuable information.

    You can search Debian lists, archives, ... for "tty-locking-fixes7". After
    that you probably know what the fix is good for.

    On the other hand if there is a security fix in a Debian list you can check if
    your kernel is patched by running "zcat /proc/patches.gz | grep

    > You'd need an uniform naming convention for patches across
    > distributions, and I don't think such things are worth the effort.

    If a distribution has a naming convention for itself this patch can already be
    useful I think. Even without it can be.

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