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SubjectRe: [PATCH] automate patch names in kernel versions

Oliver Xymoron said:
> Perhaps times have changed enough that I can revive this idea from a
> few years ago:
> <quote year=1999>
> This four-line patch provides a means for listing what patches have
> been built into a kernel. This will help track non-standard kernel
> versions, such as those released by Redhat, or Alan's ac series, etc.
> more easily.
> With this patch in place, each new patch can include a file of the
> form "patchname.[identifier]" in the top level source directory and
> [identifier] will then be added to the kernel version string. For
> instance, Alan's ac patches could include a file named patchdesc.ac2
> (containing a change log, perhaps), and the resulting kernel would be
> identified as 2.2.0-pre6+ac2, both at boot and by uname.
> This may prove especially useful for tracking problems with kernels
> built by distribution packagers and problems reported by automated
> tools.
> </quote>
> The patch now appends patches as -name rather than +name to avoid
> issues that might exist with packaging tools and scripts.

One problem I see right off the bat with this is that your kernel image
name (and label) in LILO can only be so long, and if you apply too many
patches (acpi+xfs+preempt+low etc.) it would become too long. This may be
an extreme case, but it can happen (I usually apply apci, preempt, low,
sched, etc., though the ck patch does most of this for me now).


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