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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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