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SubjectRe: Linux 2.6.32-rc3

* Linus Torvalds <> wrote:

> On Tue, 6 Oct 2009, Linus Torvalds wrote:
> >
> > Unless:
> >
> > > _That_ i think is a lot harder to confuse with the real .31 than a
> > > v2.6.31-1234-g16123c4 version string.
> >
> > .. are you saying that it would be just some automatically generated
> > thing, just a crippled form of CONFIG_LOCALVERSION_AUTO? Kind of a
> So how about this?
> It changes how CONFIG_LOCALVERSION_AUTO works, in the following trivial
> way:
> - if it is set, things work the way they always have, and you get a
> extended kernel release like
> 2.6.32-rc3-00052-g0eca52a-dirty
> - but if it is _not_ set, we'll still try to get a version from the
> underlying SCM (we actually support git, hg and SVN right now, even if
> some comments may say "git only"), and if the underlying SCM says it
> has a local version, we append just "+", so you get a version number
> like
> 2.6.32-rc3+
> IOW, you'd never get 2.6.32-rc0, but you'd get either the complex git
> version number (or SVN/hg/whatever), or at least "2.6.31+" with the "+"
> showing that it is more than plain 2.6.31.
> The "+" could be anything else, of course. The diff is pretty obvious,
> you can argue about exactly _what_ you'd like to see as a suffix for
> "and then some".

Could we, for consistency's sake, make it:


? Or do we want to keep the old version string alone for some reason?

The reason is that i have been confused in the past by having seen
something like:


and parsing out (in an admittedly weak moment) the gibberish after the
first dash. Had it said:


i'm sure i'd have noticed that it's not vanilla v2.6.29 - that plus sign
stands out like a lightning rod.


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