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SubjectRe: A modest proposal -- We need a patch penguin
On Wed, 30 Jan 2002, Larry McVoy wrote:
> On Wed, Jan 30, 2002 at 08:42:33AM -0700, Tom Rini wrote:
> > On Tue, Jan 29, 2002 at 11:48:05PM -0800, Linus Torvalds wrote:
> > It does in some ways anyhow. Following things downstream is rather
> > painless, but one of the things we in the PPC tree hit alot is when we
> > have a new file in one of the sub trees and want to move it up to the
> > 'stable' tree
> Summary: only an issue because Linus isn't using BK.

Bitkeeper also seems to have some problems applying out-of-order
changesets or applying them partially.

Changesets sent by 'bk send' are also much harder to read than
unidiffs ;)

I think for bitkeeper to be useful for the kernel we really need:

1) 'bk send' format Linus can read easily

2) the ability to send individual changes (for example, the
foo_net.c fixes from 1.324 and 1.350) in one nice unidiff

3) the ability for Linus to apply patches that are slightly
"out of order" - a direct consequence of (2)


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