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SubjectRe: 2.6.19-git13: uts banner changes break SLES9 (at least)
Linus Torvalds wrote:
> - strongly encourage "get_kernel_version" users to just stop using that
> crap. Ask the build system for the version instead or something, don't
> expect to dig it out of the binary (if you create an RPM for any other
> package, you sure as _hell_ don't start doing strings on the binary and
> try to figure out what the kernel is - you do it as part of the build)

This is (presumably) not just "strings" on the binary -- it's actually
using the documented way to statically extract a version number string
from a Linux kernel binary, even a compressed one. A lot of things,
including Grub, depends on it. If they're doing something other than
that, of course, then they deserve what they get.

Now, their problem is that they're making assumptions that are probably
unwarranted about the contents of that string.

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