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SubjectRe: Alan Cox quote? (was: Re: accounting for threads)
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On Wednesday 20 June 2001 20:42, D. Stimits wrote:
> Rob Landley wrote:
> ...snip...
>
> > The patches-linus-actuall-applies mailing list idea is based on how Linus
> > says he works: he appends patches he likes to a file and then calls patch
> > -p1 < thatfile after a mail reading session. It wouldn't be too much
> > work for somebody to write a toy he could use that lets him work about
> > the same way but forwards the messages to another folder where they can
> > go out on an otherwise read-only list. (No extra work for Linus. This
> > is EXTREMELY important, 'cause otherwise he'll never touch it.)
>
> What if the file doing patches from is actually visible on a web page?
> Or better yet, if the patch command itself was modified such that at the
> same time it applies a patch, the source and the results were added to a
> MySQL server which in turn shows as a web page?

His patch file already has a bunch of patches glorped together. In theory
they could be separated again by parsing the mail headers. I suppose that
would be less work for Linus...

The point is, the difference between the patches WE get and the patches LINUS
gets is the granularity. He's constantly extorting other people to watch the
granularity of what they send him (small patches, each doing one thing, with
good documentation as to what they do and why, in seperate messages), but
what WE get is a great big diff about once a week.

So what I'm trying to figure out is if we can impose on Linus to cc: a
mailing list on the stream of individual patch messages he's applying to his
tree, so we can follow it better. And he IS willing to do a LITTLE work for
us. He's issuing changelogs now. This would be significantly less effort
than that...

MySQL is overkill, and since these things started as mail messages why should
they be converted into a foriegn format? There's threaded archivers for
mailing lists and newsgroups and stuff already, why reinvent the wheel?

Rob
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