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    SubjectRe: [PATCH 00/18] Make common x86 arch area for i386 and x86_64 - Take 2


    On Wed, 14 Mar 2007, Steven Rostedt wrote:
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    > That's created at build time. But I don't see anywhere in a freshly
    > cloned repo or fresh untar of the linux tarball, where there exists any
    > symbolic links.

    There are none.

    Symlinks embedded in the source tree tend to be hard to maintain: you can
    traditionally not send patches to add/change/move/remove them, and not
    everybody can even import them at all (ie some people have been so damaged
    by CVS that they maintain their kernels in it - I'm trying my best to be a
    humanitarian and rid the world of the scourge that is CVS, but I'm not
    sure I can undo the untold mental damage wrought by it over decades of
    quiet suffering).

    With git, you can track symlinks and send them as patches, but we've not
    really had a huge reason to do so. They are easy enough to generate from
    Makefiles if required, and quite often you don't really need to anyway (ie
    the "symlink" is often just a make rule, like the

    SRCDIR := ../../../i386/kernel/cpu/cpufreq

    line I quoted earlier).

    So I'd rather not even start using symlinks unless there is some really
    good reason. We can continue to just use Makefiles.

    Linus
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