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SubjectRe: [bk patch] Make cardbus compile in -pre4
and if you keep doing this you will also need to cleanup and implement the
'hardlink for identical files' idea that was batted around a year or so
ago, otherwise with all the copies of the linus tree with a few K of
patches from different developers you'll start to notice the storage space
used, even at today's drive prices :-)

David Lang

On Fri, 8 Feb 2002, Larry McVoy wrote:

> Date: Fri, 8 Feb 2002 21:12:57 -0800
> From: Larry McVoy <>
> To: Patrick Mochel <>,
> Subject: Re: [bk patch] Make cardbus compile in -pre4
> On Fri, Feb 08, 2002 at 08:39:31PM -0700, Andreas Dilger wrote:
> > On Feb 08, 2002 18:25 -0800, Patrick Mochel wrote:
> > > (I don't have a public repository yet, so there's no place to pull form)
> Read the second half below to see how to get one.
> > I don't see why everyone who is using BK is expecting Linus to do a pull.
> For one, he seems to like that model, if the data is in a well known
> place, he can pull it when he is ready. Makes it easy for him to not
> worry about whether he has all the stuff Jeff wants to give him, pull
> either says there is nothing to do or it doesn't.
> The other issue is that if you do the "bk send -r+" thing, that assumes
> that the receiver has the parent of the most recent change. The patch
> will not apply otherwise. This is one difference between BK & diff/patch.
> diff/patch will work in more cases, BK is insistent that the receiver has
> everything that the sender had except the data sent. So if you let Linus
> pull from a known place then you know he can apply your patch using BK,
> if you don't, then he might be able to apply your patch.
> On to the "known place" issue. One problem people have is having a
> place to stash this stuff. Since BK is a replicating system, you can
> have the same data in lots of different places, like your laptop, your
> home machine, work machine, whatever, but you need a place that other
> people can pull from that is always there. Anyone can install BK, read
> the bkd man page and set up such a place. For those people who either
> don't want to do that, or don't have a place where they can run a BKD,
> or they don't trust the BKD software to be secure, or whatever, we've set
> up, it's somewhat like sourceforge but right now, at least,
> mostly intended for the benefit of the kernel team. We originally set it
> up for the PPC team but anyone can stash a copy of their repository there.
> To get the model, think of this as a staging area. You don't work there,
> you don't use that system to do your patches or really do very much at
> all. You work where you work right now. Make your stuff work, test it
> out, and when you are ready, push a copy of it up to and send
> out mail. People can go look at the changelogs, see the diffs, pull the
> changes using BK, etc. And Jeff asked for URL format that he can post
> so you can do a
> wget <URL>
> and you have the patch described in his posting. That should keep the
> non-BK users happy, in essense the BK users are adding the data and
> BK may be viewed as a patchbot. For those who don't like the license
> or for whatever reason just like plain patches better, they can slurp
> down the patches any time they want.
> If you want to get a project space up there, send mail to
> and we'll send you instructions, it's pretty easy
> to set up, you log in and pick a name and add your and
> you're all set. There is a little admin shell you can use to populate
> your repository. Then you may push your patches there and point Linus
> at them and hope he pulls them. I can see that in short order Linus
> is going to be asking for the "show me everything I don't have on one
> web page" tool, but that's cool, we've been meaning to build that one
> for a while.
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