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SubjectRe: BK Kernel Hacking HOWTO
On Thu, 21 Feb 2002, Jeff Garzik wrote:
> Comments welcome...

| Submitting Changes to Linus
| ---------------------------

[...]

| 2) Include an Internet-available URL for Linus to pull from, such as
|
| Pull from: http://gkernel.bkbits.net/net-drivers-2.5
|
|
|
| 3) Include a summary and "diffstat -p1" of each changeset that will be
| downloaded, when Linus issues a "bk pull". The author auto-generates
| these summaries using "bk push -nl <parent> 2>&1", to obtain a listing
| of all the pending-to-send changesets, and their commit messages.
|
| It is important to show Linus what he will be downloading when he issues
| a "bk pull", to reduce the time required to sift the changes once they
| are downloaded to Linus's local machine.
|
| IMPORTANT NOTE: One of the features of BK is that your repository does
| not have to be up to date, in order for Linus to receive your changes.
| It is considered a courtesy to keep your repository fairly recent, to
| lessen any potential merge work Linus may need to do.
|
|
| 4) Split up your changes. Each maintainer<->Linus situation is likely
| to be slightly different here, so take this just as general advice. The
| author splits up changes according to "themes" when merging with Linus.
| Simultaneous pushes from local development to goes special trees which
| exist solely to house changes "queued" for Linus. Example of the trees:
|
| net-drivers-2.5 -- on-going net driver maintenance
| vm-2.5 -- VM-related changes
| fs-2.5 -- filesystem-related changes
|
| Linus then has much more freedom for pulling changes. He could (for
| example) issue a "bk pull" on vm-2.5 and fs-2.5 trees, to merge their
| changes, but hold off net-drivers-2.5 because of a change that needs
| more discussion.
|
| Other maintainers may find that a single linus-pull-from tree is
| adequate for passing BK changesets to him.

So what if Linus isn't happy with the changes you made in the for-Him-to-pull
tree? How do I back off (part of the changes)?

Gr{oetje,eeting}s,

Geert

--
Geert Uytterhoeven -- There's lots of Linux beyond ia32 -- geert@linux-m68k.org

In personal conversations with technical people, I call myself a hacker. But
when I'm talking to journalists I just say "programmer" or something like that.
-- Linus Torvalds

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