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SubjectRe: [PATCH] automate patch names in kernel versions
On Tue, Jul 29, 2003 at 03:44:19PM -0500, Oliver Xymoron wrote:
> Perhaps times have changed enough that I can revive this idea from a
> few years ago:
>
> http://groups.google.com/groups?q=patchname+oxymoron&hl=en&lr=&ie=UTF-8&selm=fa.jif8l5v.1b049jd%40ifi.uio.no&rnum=1
>
> <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.

Has anything happened with this patch?

I for one would love it to be merged.
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