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SubjectRe: BK, deltas, snapshots and fate of -pre...
On Monday 22 April 2002 21:53, Doug Ledford wrote:
> On Sun, Apr 21, 2002 at 07:34:49PM +0200, Daniel Phillips wrote:
> > How about a URL instead? Any objection?
> Yes. Why should I have to cut and paste (assuming I'm in X) or
> write down

What??? What kind of system are you running? Err... redhat supports
cut and paste I thought. <-- funnny.

> and transpose some URL from a file that used to contain
> the exact instructions I need in order to get those instructions now

Bogus. You'd have to do the same to edit/list the file.

> So let me tell a little story for a second. I used to maintain the
> aic7xxx driver. In so doing, I created a web site for disseminating my
> patches and what not. As people would grab my patches, I would get
> regular (and annoying to me) questions like "how do I apply your
> patches", "what patch version should I grab", "how do I compile my
> kernel after I apply your patch," etc. So, after enough of the same
> question, the question itself becomes a "frequently asked question". So,
> I made a few docs that attempted to answer these questions and put them on
> my web site along side the patches themselves. These docs most generally
> described how the linux kernel versioning worked, how my patch versioning
> worked, how to select patches, how to use the patch command, etc. Now,
> obviously, some of this was very aic7xxx specific, but large parts of it
> were background knowledge that was required in order to apply that
> specific aic7xxx information. It made sense therefore to include that
> information so that the whole picture, from start to finish, was all
> described in one easy to access place. So, as a result, even though I
> could have pointed the reader to the patch man page, I didn't bother to
> make them read a large document full of options and possible means of
> screwing things up when all I really wanted them to know was "All of my
> patches are generated so that if you go into the top level of the linux
> source directory and type 'patch -p1 < patchname' then things will work
> properly".

Thanks for your story. It's exactly what I've suggested, put the BK docs
on a web site.

> So, I haven't read this "BitKeeper advertisement" you have been
> complaining about. However, I have heard claims that it deals more
> specifically with how to interface your own personal BK setup with Linus
> than it does with usage of BK in general. If I were to sit down and read
> that document now, the questions I would attempt to answer would be things
> like A) does it describe BK in general and how to set it up for general
> use, or does it describe how to set BK up for a specific use related to
> kernel developement,

You haven't read the thread closely, this was described before. There are
one documentation file and three scripts. The documentation file is about
half general description of Bitkeeper - which is quite unabashedly
promotional and the author does describe it as an adverisement - and half
how to use for submitting kernel patches. No matter, Bitkeeper is *all*
nonfree and the issue is whether documentation for it should live in our
kernel tree or on a web site. I.e., should Linux be advertising Bitkeeper
through the kernel source.

As has been pointed out, there are other places in the kernel where .com's
and the like appear in the form of url's. If that's the noise level the
Bitkeeper documentation stayed at, then fine. But that's not what we have.

> B) does it describe how that setup is then integrated
> into a kernel patch submission process, C) is the description relevant
> to all BK setups (not just linux kernel setups) or is it geared
> specifically towards linux kernel setups,

It's partly generic, partly specific. Read it, please, it's here:

(Oh gosh, a url! Run away!)

> and D) would the description of
> BK found in the document be of general use to BK deployments in evil
> proprietary company "X" or would evil company "X" likely need a more
> general description of BK capabilities not as it is related to linux
> kernel development. From those questions, and possibly a few more similar
> ones, a person can determine if the document belongs on the BK web site,
> or in the linux documentation directory.

E) What is the license?

> Like I said, I haven't read the document. But, if I did and it turned out
> that it was similar to my description of how to use patch to apply my
> aic7xxx patches, IOW if it truly was a limited scope "How to use BK to
> send patches to Linus" and provided just the needed BK information to
> teach the user the real goal, which is how to integrate their work into
> Linus' BK patch process, then I would be greatly offended should the
> document be moved out it's appropriate location in the linux kernel
> documentation directory to some web site where it doesn't really belong.

Because you can't follow a url? Give me a break.


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